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NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health

In 2006, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched Total Worker Health® (TWH) to expand the science, education, and training around a more holistic approach to worker well-being. TWH 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.

Our Center is one of six Centers of Excellence funded by TWH to better understand how integrating occupational safety and health protection with workplace safety and health policies, programs, and practices can advance worker health, safety, and well-being. The Centers use a multidisciplinary approach that includes intervention-focused research, outreach and education, and evaluation activities.

Center researchers, along with their partners in government, business, labor, and communities, translate their research into best practices that help organizations create positive, safe, and healthy workplaces. The Centers have investigated several topics critical to workers, employers, and communities, including the contingent workforce, the changing nature of work, low-wage workers, shift work, fatigue, and workforce diversity.
The other TWH Centers of Excellence are:
Healthier Workforce Center of Excellence at the University of Iowa
Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, a collaboration between The University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Connecticut
Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center at Oregon Health & Science University
Center for Health, Work & Environment at the University of Colorado
Center for Healthy Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)