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Pilot Projects Awarded
Healthier Workforce Bulletin

Pilot Project Grants Awarded
The HWCE is pleased to announce the recipients of the Center’s Pilot Project Program, which include three new investigators, one student and one community-based organization. For those not receiving funding or who may be interested in applying in the future, stay tuned. The HWCE anticipates announcing another round of funding later in 2014.  Awarded projects are highlighted.

New Investigator Awards
Dr. Carri Casteel, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
Prevalence and Comprehensiveness of Intimate Partner Violence Programs, Policies and Training in Mid-Sized U.S. Businesses

Dr. Casteel will explore components of workplace violence prevention programs (WVPPs) and intimate partner violence (IPV) policies and how they compare with industry standards among a sample of mid-sized U.S. businesses. The project builds on a current study with corporate security from Boeing, Target and Microsoft, examining the comprehensiveness of WVPPs in large U.S. corporations. The project is relevant to Total Worker HealthTM because IPV impacts employee performance, psychological well-being and physical safety, as well as coworker safety.

Dr. Ann Marie Dale, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
Integrated Health Protection and Health Promotion Program for Grocery Store Workers 

Dr. Dale will work with a team of front-line grocery store workers using a participatory process to examine their barriers to health and safety and propose feasible workplace interventions that integrate healthy eating, physical activity and improved ergonomics.  A process evaluation will be used to measure the effectiveness of the team formation and potential benefit of proposed interventions to the workers. The project follows NIOSH’s Total Worker Health™ initiative by integrating health and safety into a combined intervention.

Mr. Mark Schall, PhD candidate, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa
Inertial Measurement Units as a Tool for Simultaneous Worker Health Protection and Promotion

Mr. Schall will use an inertial measurement unit (IMU) device with nurses during routine work activities to simultaneously measure their physical activity and exposure to non-neutral working postures.  The use of instrumentation to simultaneously provide metrics important to both health protection and health promotion activities is consistent to the Total Worker Health approach to employee health and well-being.  Results will contribute critical knowledge useful for developing effective ergonomics training guidelines and workplace wellness programs for nursing administrators.

Student Award
Dr. Sophia Chiu, MD, Occupational Medicine Resident, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa
Transitioning from School to Work: Total Worker Health in Young Adults

Dr. Chiu study will explore physical activity, risk behaviors, and participation in occupational safety and wellness programs in a convenience sample of college seniors and recent alumni from a liberal arts college in Iowa. A subset of participants will wear an activity tracking device to determine the feasibility of using such devices in studying physical activity during the college-to-workforce transition.  This study will provide valuable early data informing the application of the Total Worker Health strategy in young workers, especially during their transition between college and work.  

Community-based Organization Award
Tonya Vyhlidal, M.Ed., CHPD, WorkWell Program Director, Nebraska Safety Council
Laurie Klosterboer, Executive Director, Nebraska Safety Council
Development of a Total Worker Health Program in Small Organizations
 
The Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell, an integrated safety and wellness council in Lincoln, NE, will help three small sized organizations (<150 employees) in Southeastern Nebraska integrate their health protection and health promotion programs.  The HWCE will work with the council to evaluate and document the integration process based on a TWH Employer Program Model and develop supporting assessment and implementation tools.  This project will provide documentation on the integration process and help create tools and resources for small employers looking to integrate their programs

June is National Safety Month
Access free materials for bringing attention to key safety issues to employees. 2014 themed weeks include preventing prescription drug abuse; preventing slips, trips and falls; being aware of your surroundings; distracted driving; and summer safety. Sign up and access free materials from the National Safety Council here.

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Upcoming Events
A more detailed listing with registration links is available through our online calendar of events.

2014 Annual Iowa Association of Business and Industry Conference
June 9-11, 2014 in Cedar Rapids, IA, Program information available here
Associate Director for Outreach, Dr. Jenny Hall, will be presenting on free and low-cost health, wellness and safety strategies and HWCE resources during the afternoon workshop on Tuesday, June 10th with Hy-Vee and the Healthiest State Initiative.
 
Live Healthy Iowa Burst Your Thirst Challenge
June 16-July 25, 2014 (Registration opens May 12th)
Teams of 2-10 compete in web-based competition tracking water consumption and minutes of physical activity. $8.oo per participant- Cost includes water bottle, weekly email with tips, personal tracking page, unlimited access to recipes, videos, workouts and health information, and opportunities for prizes. More information here.
 
Wellness Council of Iowa Wellness Huddle
June 19, 2014 in Burlington, IA on Prevention as a Wellness Strategy
Event details available here.
 
2014 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute: Advancing Theory and Practice in the Context of Total Worker Health
July 16-18, 2014 at Portland State University, Portland, OR
This 3-day institute features regional, national, and international researchers and practitioners in occupational health psychology, total worker health, and safety research and practice.
Registration information available here
 
Registration Opens for Live Healthy Iowa Next Step Challenge
Registration opens August 11th for challenge running September 8-October 17, 2014
Teams of 2-10 compete in web-based competition tracking number of steps taken each week. $10.00 per participant- Cost includes pedometer, weekly email with tips, personal tracking page, unlimited access to recipes, videos, workouts and health information, and opportunities for prizes. More information here.
 
Registration Opens for Live Healthy Iowa Healthy Families Challenge
Registration opens August 18th for challenge running September 22-October 31, 2014
New! Family teams of 2-10 compete in 6-week challenge to empower Iowa families to improve their nutrition and physical activity habits. $25.00 per team. More information here.
 
Live Healthy Iowa Next Step Challenge
September 8-October 17, 2014; Registration opens August 11th
Teams of 2-10 compete in web-based competition tracking number of steps taken each week. $10.00 per participant- Cost includes pedometer, weekly email with tips, personal tracking page, unlimited access to recipes, videos, workouts and health information, and opportunities for prizes. More information here.
 
Live Healthy Iowa Healthy Families Challenge
September 22-October 31, 2014; Registration opens August 18th
New! Family teams of 2-10 compete in 6-week challenge to empower Iowa families to improve their nutrition and physical activity habits. $25.00 per team. More information here.
 
2014 HERO Forum for Employee Health Management Solutions “From Return on Investment to Value on Investment”
September 30-October 2, 2014 at the Westin San Diego, CA
A leading venue for the latest in best practices, research and innovation in the field of health management. More information available here.
 
1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health™
October 6-8, 2014 in Bethesda, MD
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health™ Program is currently accepting abstracts. Click here for more information on the conference and the call for proposals. available http://www.eagleson.org/conferences/total-worker-health
 
Wellness Council of Iowa Wellness Huddle
November 5, 2014 in Cedar Rapids on Wellness Program Structure & Planning
Event details available here
 
National Sleep Foundation Sleep Health & Safety Conference
November 7, 2014 in Washington DC
Registration information here

Contact
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