Center for Health, Labor and the Environment receive


(AURORA, Colorado) September 30, 2021 – The Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment has secured an approximately $ 6 million five-year cooperation agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to operate a Center of Excellence for Total health of workers. Support for this program from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will further advance Total worker health (TWH) as an emerging field of science and practice and respond to the needs of the 21st century of manpower through research, intervention and awareness-raising activities.

The Center for Health, Work and Environment (CHWE) first received the designation of CDC / NIOSH Center of Excellence in 2016. With this renewal, it will be one of ten centers globally. national. The Centers of Excellence represent the extramural portfolio of TWH research to pursue its mission of protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of the diverse working population of our country. Under the leadership of Center Director, Principal Investigator and Distinguished University of Colorado (CU) Professor Lee Newman, MD, MA, the new funding will support research on emerging issues impacting the well-being of American workers. as well as a strong community outreach program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the public of the great value we all place on safe, healthy and productive workplaces,” said Dr Newman. “Now more than ever, there is a demand for research and interventions designed to ensure worker safety,” he added.

The award will fund three new research projects led by researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), CU School of Medicine, and Colorado State University (CSU). Dr Cathy Bradly, professor and associate dean for research at ColoradoSPH and deputy director of CU Cancer Center, will partner with Drs. Lee Newman and Lili Tenney for leading a five-year study examining the employment experience of low-income Latino men newly diagnosed with cancer. This flagship project will test a TWH clinical intervention performed by oncology care teams to improve patients’ ability to continue working during cancer treatment.

ColoradoSPH Associate Professor Dr Kathy James and CSU Associate Professor Dr Gwen Fisher will launch a new project that addresses the behavioral health of farm workers and landowners in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado rural. A growing body of evidence shows that anxiety, depression, suicide, and other behavioral health issues occur at significantly higher rates among U.S. farm workers, amplified by physical isolation from medical providers. The project will further explore the contributions to this crisis and form a network of partners and community providers to better support the community.

The third project will be a two-year study to adapt and test a workforce mental health intervention with emergency preparedness programs in pre-K-8 schools (led by ColoradoSPH assistant professors Dr. Courtney Welton-Mitchel and Dr. Natalie Schwatka). The project will review and co-create reviews of emergency preparedness plans and mental health supports in participating schools.

The award will also support the centre’s TWH initiatives, including Health Links®, a program that provides businesses with TWH assessment, certification and advice. The Outreach Core, led by Dr Tenney, will focus on outreach and implementation projects to reach underserved organizations and work communities, including small businesses, Latinx and black workers. The award will support the development of new TWH training in the areas of behavioral health, leadership and emerging issues.

“The traditional workplace exposures have been expanded,” Dr. Tenney said. “Our center has developed TWH insiders over the past five years and is delighted to continue to work with an expanded portfolio of problem-oriented research and outreach projects. Our goal is to understand and adapt evidence and practice to the inevitable changing nature of work.

“With this award, we can focus on partnering with business leaders and employees to find and implement practical solutions that benefit all workers, especially those most at risk of injury and illness. work-related, ”Newman said. “We are committed to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of workers in the state of Colorado and the region, especially those who need it most,” added Newman.

For more information on Total health of workers, visit this web page. For more information on Centers of Excellence, please visit the NIOSH website.

About the Center for Health, Work and the Environment

The Center for Health, Work and Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of ten centers of excellence for Total Worker Health® and is home to the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 such centers supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Centre’s main offices are located on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado in Aurora, Colorado. The Center team works with professors, students and community partners on many projects in health, safety and well-being at work and in the environment.

About the Colorado School of Public Health

The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited public health school in the Rocky Mountain region, attracting top faculty and students from across the country and making a vital contribution to the health and well-being of our region. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides education, innovative research, and community-based services to actively treat public health issues, including chronic diseases, access to health care. , environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases and costly injuries. Learn more and follow Colorado SPH updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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