This free workshop and webcast is put on by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Total Worker Health (TWH) means policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention to advance worker well-being. Work risk factors can contribute to health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, and depression. Chronic health conditions may be influenced or exacerbated by characteristics of jobs such as the physical and psychosocial work environment, employment patterns, and the way that work is structured. An impartial, independent panel will identify research gaps and future research priorities. Specifically, the workshop will seek to clarify the following questions:
· What studies exist assessing integrated interventions?
· What are the known benefits and harms of integrated interventions?
· What are the characteristics of effective integrated/combined interventions and programs?
· What factors influence the effectiveness of integrated interventions?
· What are the key evidence gaps?
During the 1½ -day workshop, invited experts will discuss the body of evidence and attendees will have opportunities to provide comments during open discussion periods. After weighing the evidence, an unbiased, independent panel will prepare a report that summarizes the workshop and identifies future research priorities. Follow up activities to the workshop include a federal partners meeting held to review panel’s final report and identify possible opportunities for collaboration and next steps.