Quarterly News and Updates June 2022

Spring is in the air, and in New England, we are all looking forward to the return of the warm sun, sandy beaches and backyard BBQ's. We are six months into the new 5-year funding period, and our studies with healthcare workers, educators, and correctional staff, are well underway. In this issue we invite you to help kick-off our newest study, participate in our training and education activities, read about the impact of blue light exposure, and celebrate our students' successes.

Join CPH-NEW’s newest study! Take a short survey to give us your thoughts on training opportunities related to “Total Worker Health® Employer Crisis Preparedness.” We are especially interested in hearing from human resources professionals and occupational and environmental health professionals. 

June 14,2022, 10 A.M EST, CPH-NEW's Total Worker Health® Trends: Expert Webinar Series: "Hybrid work is not just about geography - it is an organizational change." Join, Christine Ipsen, Ph.D., associate professor at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and part of the "Implementation and Performance Management" group, for her presentation on interventions in knowledge work to ensure productivity and well-being at work. Please register here.

Shut Off the Lights? The Duality of Blue Light Exposure

Contributed by James Hughes, MS, University of Connecticut Department of Psychological Sciences

Humans have always naturally adapted to their environments and leveraged the natural phenomenon around them for survival. One instance of this is the human evolution reaction to blue light. Blue Light is a section of the visible light spectrum between 380 and 500 nm that has unique impacts on human physiology. Some believe humanity has evolved to react to blue skies, to make us naturally more active during the daytime. Click here to read more about the impact of blue light!
Training and Continuing Education

Total Worker Health for Occupational Safety and Health Professionals: This self-paced, online continuing education course provides an introduction to TWH and how it applies to OSH professional practice. More information here.

Total Worker Health Facilitator Training: Sharpen your facilitation skills in this 10-hour training course to teach you how to engage workers in a design process focused on employee safety, health and well-being. Classes are on hiatus over the summer but registration for the fall classes is currently open. Register here.

Job Stress: A Continuing Education Program for Today’s Nurse: The program consists of four learning modules, each 15-30 minutes in length, plus case studies and reference material. More information here.
June 3rd, 2022, 9 AM - 3:30 PM PDT. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Spring 2022 Symposium: "From the Great Resignation to the Great Reconfiguration." This full day virtual symposium will identify the key drivers of the challenges experienced by many employers to attract and retain qualified employees to fill job openings. Register here.

June 8, 2022, 12:00 PM-1:30 pm EST. NIOSH Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar: "Promoting Partnerships to Explore the Impacts of Technological Change on Work and Well-being with a Focus on Disparities" Register here.

June 9th-11th, 2022: World NDC Federation Virtual Conference. Prioritizing Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases: Taking Data and Knowledge to Action." The virtual event will focus on learning health systems, health equity, impact of climate and environment on health, with focus on primary and early secondary prevention. Register here.

June 14th 11 AM-12 PM MT: Colorado Center for Health, Work & Environment Health Links Webinar. "Building an Antiracist Workplace." Register here.

June 22, 2022, 12PM PDT. California Labor Lab Webinar: "CA Labor Lab Webinar: Protecting Essential Workers Beyond the Pandemic: Insights from Research and Organizing." Register here.

June 24, 2022, 12PM EST. CPH-NEW is proud to host Dr. Tony LaMontange for a discussion about, "Work as a Social Determinant of Mental Health" Make sure not to miss this lively discussion. Register here.

June 27, 2022: Registration opens for the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Symposium. Join the conference mailing list to make sure you do not miss the opening!
New Publications

Dugan, Alicia G. PhD; Namazi, Sara PhD; Cavallari, Jennifer M. ScD, CIH; Ghaziri, Mazen El PhD, MPH, RN; Rinker, Robert D. MS; Preston, Julius C. BA; Cherniack, Martin G. MPH, MD Participatory Assessment and Selection of Workforce Health Intervention Priorities for Correctional Supervisors, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 22, 2022 - Volume - Issue - doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002525

Dugan AG, Decker RE, Zhang Y, Lombardi CM, Garza JL, Laguerre RA, Suleiman AO, Namazi S, Cavallari JM. Precarious Work Schedules and Sleep: A Study of Unionized Full-Time Workers. Occup Health Sci. 2022 Mar 29:1-31. doi: 10.1007/s41542-022-00114-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35372671; PMCID: PMC8962924.

Garza JL, Cavallari JM, Cherniack MG. Associations between observed time sitting at work and musculoskeletal symptoms: a repeated-measures study of manufacturing workers. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2022 Mar 17:1-6. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2022.2043638. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35238284.

Sanetti, L.M.H., Pierce, A.M., Gammie, L., Dugan, A.G., and Cavallari, J.M. Scale-out of a Total Worker Health® approach for designing interventions to reduce teacher stress: pilot implementation evaluation. BMC Public Health 22, 814 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13241-6
Listen, Read, Watch

Free Mental Health Training: The Colorado Center for Health, Work & Environment is offering a free  30-minute course, you will learn the importance of prioritizing and addressing workplace mental health through four (4) key components within an organization: culture, benefits, training, and accessibility.

Free Culture of Health Training: The Harvard Center for Work, Health and Well-being is offering a free training on creating a culture of health. Developed for leaders of small to midsize organizations, this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) shows how a “Culture of Health” can transform businesses, improving employee well-being while increasing revenue.

Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest Podcast: Increasing workplace EAP utilization. Listen to an EAP vendor and a multi-national company discuss how to view utilization rates, how workplace culture affects them, and 4 strategies to improve a workplace culture for EAP utilization

Social Media Spotlight

Did you know that CPH-NEW is on YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter? Follow our social media for training videos, important center news, upcoming events, research dissemination, and skill-building opportunities.

Manuscript Monday: Every Monday we highlight a manuscript written by center faculty, staff and students, to disseminate the important findings of their various research projects.

Toolkit Tuesday: Tuesdays are for toolkits and training! In this series, you can explore the toolkits that CPH-NEW offers, and engage in the comments for more implementation and training tips.

Healthcare Worker Wednesday: Join us on Wednesdays where our focus turns to healthcare workers. Explore research and resources targeted to the healthcare workforce.

Total Teacher Thursday: Teacher health is highlighted very Thursday! Join us for updates from the CPH-NEW Total Teacher Health project, and important resources and research that is focused on teacher health.

Facilitation Friday: Interested in improving your meeting facilitation skills? Then the Facilitation Friday is the series for you! Watch facilitation skill videos, and get tips from our facilitation experts on ways to engage your teams in-person, and virtually.
American Society for Safety Professionals scholarship winners.
Sundus Siddique, MD, MPH is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Health-Epidemiology. Sundus has been a CPH-NEW research assistant since 2018. Her research examines organizational safety policies and their impact on safety hazards, burnout, depression, and reduced work ability in healthcare workers.
Rimsha Paneru just earned her Master of Public Health-Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Rimsha was a CPH-NEW research assistant since the fall of 2021. She analyzed survey response rates from our healthcare study, as well as analyzed some of the process data collected from study participants.
Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Participation by CPH-NEW does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This publication was supported by Grant Number 1 U19 OH012299. Its contents are solely the responsibility of CPH-NEW and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIOSH.
CPH-NEW is a NIOSH TWH Center of Excellence
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