Presented by NIOSH and the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) at the University of South Florida, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Denver

Monday, August 20, 2018

8:00 – 4:45 pm
Grand Ballroom 7B
Convention Level

Pre-registration is required.

An aging workforce, a competitive employment landscape, increased prevalence of chronic health conditions, and the potential for longer working lives have both societal and economic implications. One approach employers are using to address these emerging issues is through Total Work Health® (TWH). In 2006, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) initiated development of the TWH concept, which is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. These sessions will focus on TWH worker compensation case studies, return on investment research, training and education needs and community partnerships.

8:00 – 9:00 am
Moderator/Opening Remarks

Welcome:
Thomas Bernard, PhD
Center Director, Sunshine Education & Research Center
University of South Florida – Tampa
Tampa, FL

Speaker:
Joshua G. Scott, PhD, MS
Associate Director of Education
Center for Health, Work & Environment | Health Links™
University of Colorado – Denver
Aurora, CO

Healthier Work By Design: Exploring the Promise of Total Worker Health®

Speaker:
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

The job we have and the work we do each day has a profound influence on our overall health, our risk for injury or illness, and many of the health related behaviors we have and the choices we make. New research is uncovering linkages between working conditions and our overall health and well-being away from work. How your job is designed, scheduled, organized, and supervised can have major health implications. In this session, we will explore the complex and evolving relationship between work and health, and show ways that the best organizations are building cultures that not only prevent injury and illness, but allow workers to thrive. This presentation will define Total Worker Health (TWH)® and give practical examples of its application in work settings, large and small. We will include practical, compelling advice you can put to use right away in your organization to design healthier work.

9:00 – 10:00 am
The Health Links Approach and the SAIF Case Study

Speakers:
Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP
Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment | Health Links™
University of Colorado – Denver
Aurora, CO

Kaylee Rivera, MPH
Center for Health, Work & Environment | Health Links™
University of Colorado – Denver
Aurora, CO

Sabrina Freewynn, MPH
Total Worker Health Consultant
SAIF Corporation
Salem, OR

Despite the extensive body of research in both health promotion and safety practices in the workplace, the information rarely reaches the business community where it can have the most impact. For this reason, Health Links was founded by the Center for Health, Work, and Environment to collaborate with businesses to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace. SAIF is a workers’ compensation insurer in Oregon and an advocate for Total Worker Health®, who decided to implement a pilot program offering both employer-focused and employee-focused interventions to their policyholders. This presentation will cover the Health Links’ approach, an overview of interventions offered, and results of the SAIF pilot study.

10:00 – 10:15 am
Break

10:15 – 11:15 am
Health Risk Management with a Colorado Workers’ Compensation Insurer

Speakers:
Natalie V. Schwatka, PhD, AEP
Center for Health, Work & Environment | Health Links™
University of Colorado – Denver
Aurora, CO

Claire Brockbank, MS
Principal
Segue Consulting, Inc.
Denver, CO

The presenters will describe a workers’ compensation (WC) insurer driven Health Risk Management Program as well as activities to evaluate the importance of this program. When this program was initiated, there was no precedent in the literature for a worksite wellness program in the WC arena. A description of the program and the successes and challenges of implementing the program will be given. Additionally, the presenters will describe the evaluation results, which includes a discussion of how health, safety, and productivity are related, and the impact of the program on employee health. Attendees will walk away understanding why and how a WC insurer should and can provide worksite wellness services to its policyholders.

11:15 – 11:45 am
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Casey Chosewood with the speakers from the morning session.

11:45 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
Purchase lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the “Comp Time” Diner… grab & go, or sit and network with clients and exhibitors!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Making the Business Case for Total Worker Health®

Speaker:
Jack Dennerlein, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Work, Health & Well-being
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Dorchester, MA

This session provides an overview of the business and economic benefits of applying Total Worker Health® approaches in the workplace. These approaches benefit both the small employer as well as large corporations. Integrative approaches streamline safety and health into the everyday operations of businesses.

2:00 – 3:00 pm
The Value and Approach of Total Worker Health® in Healthcare

Speaker:
Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAFP
Chief, Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Medical Director, Live Well/Work Well
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Dr. McLellan will describe the path that a large academic health center has taken to implement and sustain a Total Worker Health (TWH)® approach to advance and assess the health, productivity, and well-being of its work force. He will highlight strategies to overcome obstacles in the way of success and identify problems that continue to impede progress. He will also share metrics used to evaluate the contributions of the TWH® initiative to the institution’s mission, vision, and operational goals.

3:00 – 3:15 pm
Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm
The Shift Towards Total Worker Health®, Workplace Training and Community Partnerships

Speakers:
Joshua G. Scott, PhD, MS
Associate Director of Education
Center for Health, Work & Environment | Health Links™
University of Colorado at Denver
Aurora, CO

Cecilia Watkins, PhD, CHES
Western Kentucky University
Department of Public Health
Bowling Green, KY

Gretchen B. Macy, EdD, MPH, CSCS, CEAS
Western Kentucky University
Department of Public Health
Bowling Green, KY

Because Total Worker Health® (TWH) is still in its infancy, training needs and partnership opportunities are poorly understood. Professionals who perform work related to both occupational safety and health promotion may need additional professional education in order to effectively use the TWH framework. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of the first ever national continuing education assessment that included a focus on TWH educational needs. The survey included over 2000 respondents in a variety of health and safety professions from all 50 states. The presentation will also include a highlight of community partnership programs and opportunities in TWH.

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lee Newman with the speakers from the afternoon session.