The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® and houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind recognized by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Our mission is to advance worker health, safety, and well-being.
We educate future leaders, conduct research, and design practical solutions to occupational health and safety challenges with our partners. We use a Total Worker Health approach in all that we do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health.
Our Signature Programs
Our Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) educates, and funds the training of, future occupational health and safety leaders. We also provide financial support for innovative pilot studies in the western United States and offer continuing education courses for professionals.
Learn more about the MAP ERC.
Through our Health Links program, we collaborate with employers to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace. We assess organizations’ health and safety policies and programs, advise on actionable goals in one-on-one advising sessions, connect like-minded businesses with one another and to local resources, and certify qualifying employers as Healthy Businesses.
Learn more about Health Links.
Our research focuses on testing new methodologies and implementing practical solutions to advance worker health, safety, and well-being. The research is interdisciplinary and designed to impact workplaces in greatest need locally and around the world, including small and medium-sized businesses and industries such as construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture.
Learn more about our research projects.
The center is supported by a combination of funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), philanthropic gifts, research grants, and contracts.