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Liliana Tenney, MPH

Associate Director for Outreach, Senior Instructor


Lili Tenney is the associate director for outreach at the Center for Health, Work & Environment and a senior instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health where she teaches graduate courses in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Her work focuses on Total Worker Health® (TWH) and public health practice. She has over nine years of experience in research translation and dissemination, program planning, leadership, and partnership development including developing and executing public health programs focused on promoting worker health, safety, and well-being. Lili is the co-founder and director of Health Links™, a community-based initiative to help businesses identify solutions for worker health and safety by providing them with assessment, consulting, certification, and evidence-based resources. She speaks nationally about the importance that organizations and leaders can have on impacting communities and creating better, healthier jobs for a healthier workforce. She is passionate about integrating TWH with business sustainability, helping develop impact goals and planning for work, health, and corporate social responsibility.

Lili graduated from the Colorado School of Public Health with a Masters of Public Health concentrating in community and behavioral health and epidemiology. She is currently working on completing her DrPH.

Research Interests
  • Total Worker Health®
  • Small Business and Health
  • Climate, Work & Health
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership for Health and Well-being

Key Publications

Jinnett, K.; Schwatka, N.V.; Tenney, L.; vS Brockbank, C.; Newman, L.S. (2017). Chronic conditions, workplace safety, and job demands contribute to absenteeism and job performance. Health Affairs(Millwood). 36(2): XX-XX.

Schwatka, Natalie V., Adam Atherly, Miranda J. Dally, Hai Fang, Claire vS Brockbank, Liliana Tenney, Ron Z. Goetzel et al. "Health risk factors as predictors of workers' compensation claim occurrence and cost." Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2016): oemed-2015.

Edwin J Asturias, Gretchen Heinrichs, Gretchen Domek, John Brett, Elizabeth Shick, Maureen Cunningham, Sheana Bull, Marco Celada, Lee S Newman, Liliana Tenney, Lyndsay Krisher, Claudia Luna-Asturias, Kelly McConnell, Stephen Berman. The Center for Human Development in Guatemala: An Innovative Model for Global Population Health. Adv Pediatr 2016 Aug 3;63(1):357-87. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

Newman L, Stinson K, Metcalf D, Fang H, Brockbank C, Jinnett K, Reynolds S, Trotter M, Witter R, Tenney L, Atherly A, Goetzel R. Implementation of a Worksite Wellness Program Targeting Small Businesses. J Occ Env Med 2015; 57:14-21. PMID: 25563536

McCoy K, Stinson K, Scott K, Tenney L, Newman LS. Health promotion in small business: A systematic review of factors influencing adoption and effectiveness of worksite wellness programs. J Occ Env Med 2014; 56:579-87. PMID: 24905421

Courses Taught

EHOH6628 “Health Protection and Health Promotion in the Workplace”, Colorado School of Public Health

EHOH 6670 002 “Spectrums in Occupational and Environmental Health”, Colorado School of Public Health

Total Worker Health® Certificate Program, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health (Launched Spring 2017)


Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business, Boulder, CO, 2006

Masters of Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO, 2010

Doctorate of Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO, (Candidate)

Honors and Awards
2006 Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society
2010 Recipient, American Public Health Association Scholarship, Colorado School of Public Health
2011 Recipient, Colorado School of Public Health Outstanding Contributing by a Student
2014 Outstanding Woman in Business Nominee, Denver Business Journal.
2015 Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society

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