Upcoming Webinar – Total Worker Health Employer Guide: COVID-19 Edition

Please join us Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM (CDT) for a webinar announcing the release of the Total Worker Health® Employer Guide: COVID-19 Edition. Developed based on case studies of Midwest employers, the Guide describes innovative approaches and lessons learned by industry leaders. Using these case studies as examples, the webinar will highlight best practices and […]

New Center Promotes Healthy Workplaces (Links to an external site)

The School of Medicine’s Healthy Work Center facilitates research to promote the health of working-age people by focusing on topics such as diet and exercise, cancer prevention and injury avoidance. It’s a rebooted version of the Occupational Safety and Health Research Lab.

New Grant: Best Built Plans (BBP)

Dr. Dale was recently awarded a grant from CPWR to conduct an implementation and effectiveness trial of the new Best Built Plans (BBP) program. The BBP program was developed by a multidisciplinary stakeholder work group (Ergonomics Community of Practice) through CPWR, using input from contractor end users. Designed to increase use of safe MMH practices […]

New Grant: FSL4Res

Dr. Evanoff was recently awarded a grant from CPWR to improve safety leadership, safety climate, and fall safety behaviors in residential construction. The project will adapt and disseminate the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL), a recently developed CPWR safety leadership training program. We will adapt the FSL to create the FSL4Res, a version specific to […]

Combating Opioid Addiction

The Healthy Work Center, with support from the Richard & Elizabeth Henby Sutter Visiting Professor of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, was pleased to host Dr. Gary A. Franklin’s talk, “Reversing the Opioid Epidemic, and Delivering More Effective Pain Care: How Collaborative Efforts Can Enhance Healthy Policy Efforts. To further combat this issue, the Healthy Work […]

New Findings: Implementation of the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has recently published our paper, “Implementation of the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program in a retail setting: a feasibility study and framework for evaluation,” which measures program implementation including workplace context, fidelity to materials, design team and steering committee engagement, program outputs, and perceptions of the program.

New Findings: The CONSTANCES Job Exposure Matrix Based on Self-Reported Exposure to Physical Risk Factors

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has recently published our paper, “The CONSTANCES Job Exposure Matrix Based on Self-Reported Exposure to Physical Risk Factors: Development & Evaluation,” which describes the construction of a general population JEM based on self-reported physical exposures and its ability to create homogeneous exposure groups.

New Findings: Cross-National Comparison of Two General Population Job Exposure Matrices for Physical Work Exposures

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has recently published our paper, “Cross-National Comparison of Two General Population Job Exposure Matrices for Physical Work Exposures,” which aids the interpretation of exposure-outcome associations across countries and explores the feasibility of cross-national application of JEMs to provide workplace physical exposure estimates.

Opioid Epidemic Research Funding Program, 2018 Awardees

The Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences and the Institute for Public Health have awarded four grants for the Opioid Epidemic Research Funding Program this year. The Opioid Epidemic Research Funding Program is a new pilot funding program focused on strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. Ann Marie Dale & Dr. Brian Gage’s project […]

New Findings: Adoption of Ergonomic Solutions

The American Journal of Industrial Medicine has recently published Dr. Dale’s manuscript describing facilitators and barriers to the adoption of ergonomic solutions in construction.

Introducing the Healthier Workforce Center

Employers in the Midwest struggling with workplace health and safety issues now have a stronger ally in their efforts to promote a safer and healthier workforce. The University of Iowa is pleased to announce the expansion and launch of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, in partnership with the Dr. Evanoff’s Occupational Safety and […]

New Grant: Safety, Health, & Well-being of Construction Apprentices

Impacting the Safety, Health, and Well-being of Construction Apprentices: Using intermediaries to disseminate change Funded as part of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, this project aims to improve the health and well-being of young construction trade workers. By gaining a better understanding of the impact of multiple work organization and environmental factors on […]

New Grant: Job Exposure Matrix

Developing a general population job exposure matrix for studies of work-related MSD The overall goal of this study is to create and validate improved methods for workplace physical exposures using a Job Exposure Matrix (JEM). Use of JEM can provide the ability to add detailed work exposure data to many general population data sets that […]

Interest Groups

WHAP Research Interest Group The Workplace Health and Productivity (WHAP) research interest group is comprised of researchers and clinicians interested in various aspects of worker health and safety, workplace productivity, and use of the workplace as a venue to recruit low income and minority research participants for health studies (particularly studies of health behaviors). The […]

Building better health

Outlook Magazine recently published an article featuring Dr. Evanoff’s study on improving health and decreasing disability among working populations.

ProInstaller Magazine

ProInstaller Magazine highlights Dr. Dale’s demonstration at the National Wood Flooring Association convention and her work on ergonomics during floor installation.