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Total Worker Health® Professional Society


What is it?

A non-profit international member association dedicated to the advancement of worker health, safety, well-being, and productivity through Total Worker Health (TWH).

Our vision

To serve as a hub, a community, for sharing new and innovative ideas to expand TWH research, training, education, dissemination, and real-world solutions. We will do this in collaboration with NIOSH, TWH Centers of Excellence, TWH Affiliates, professional associations, and supporting partners.

Interested?

Want to get involved or learn more? Email Outreach and Programs Director Liliana.Tenney@CUAnschutz.edu.
 

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 Background

Traditional occupational safety and health protection programs have primarily concentrated on ensuring that work is safe and that workers are protected from the harms that arise from work itself. TWH builds on this approach through the recognition that work is a social determinant of health. Job-related factors such as wages, hours of work, workload and stress levels, interactions with coworkers and supervisors, access to paid leave, and health-promoting workplaces all can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities. Keeping workers safe is the foundation upon which Total Worker Health is achieved.

Total Worker Health® 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.

In June 2011, NIOSH launched the TWH Program as an evolution of the NIOSH Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce and the NIOSH WorkLife Initiatives. The TWH approach integrates workplace interventions that protect safety and health with activities that advance the overall well-being of workers.

NIOSH has supported educational activities, funded six Centers of Excellence to conduct research and outreach, and established a network of TWH Affiliates (non-profit organizations) who share the mission and vision of the TWH Program.

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 Goals

  • Build membership body representing a range of professions, industries, geographical locations
  • Form committees including training/education, events, communications, research
  • Provide access to specialized information and resources in TWH
  • Manage a TWH Journal and editorial board
  • Connect members through networking events, communications, and new forms of engagement
  • Share best-practices through dissemination
  • Provide scholarships to promote TWH training programs
  • Lobby for TWH federal and state funding
  • Create a TWH pipeline for training and professional careers
  • Provide certifications for professionals
  • Other activities: workshops, mentorship program, job board
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 Activities to Date

  • Vanguard group convening
  • Rapid Prospective Member Survey
  • Town Hall at Work, Stress & Health conference in Philadelphia, November 7, 2019
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