Every minute a young worker (age 15-25) is injured on the job and every day one young worker loses their life in a workplace incident. Join a 5 week social media campaign to bring awareness to youth, educators, parents, supervisors, and employers about the importance of workplace safety.

We can increase hazard awareness and avoidance skills.
We can empower youth with knowledge of their workplace rights and responsibilities.
We can prevent injuries, avoid illnesses, and save lives.

Please help spread awareness and resources by sharing this #MySafeSummerJob campaign with your network. Campaign materials can be downloaded HERE. Content includes the following:
  • Week 1: You Have Rights!
  • Week 2: Every Job has Hazards!
  • Week 3: Speak Up!
  • Week 4: Injuries are Preventable!
  • Week 5: Safety Takes Teamwork - You Can Get Help!
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Occupational Health Symposium
The Healthier Workforce Center (HWC) was honored to bring together regional experts to address Total Worker Health in the workplace at the Heartland Center's annual Occupational Health Symposium last month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Engaging and informational presentations highlighted FMLA & ADA, creating inclusive workspaces, hazard mapping, the aging shoulder, Total Worker Health strategies, changes to workers compensation in Iowa, and the Vermeer tornado experience and lessons learned. 

HWC Director, Dr. Diane Rohlman, introduced the components of Total Worker Health workplace initiatives and stepped attendees through a hazard mapping active learning exercise. Hazard mapping is a technique used to help employers identify and discuss workplace hazards. Typically, physical safety hazards are addressed in the workplace, but through the lens of Total Worker Health, it is vital to distinguish non-traditional hazards to the health and well-being of the workforce as well. Participants identified numerous non-traditional hazards related to the organization of work and the work environment. 

Stay tuned to the HWC for more information and resources related to hazard mapping coming soon!

Brett Koenig and Molly Giddings from Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) discussed disability sensitivity training and employer resources at the Occupational Health Conference. Did you know that IVRS provides numerous free business services in Iowa? No cost recruitment & retention services include (but are not limited to) the following:

Disability Sensitivity Training Video

The video above is just one of the many resources shared by Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
For more  employer information and disability inclusion resources,
please contact your state's vocational rehabilitation agency
Limerick Contest Winner
Congratulations to the 2019 Occupational Safety & Health Limerick Contest winner,
Jana Davidson
Thank you to all our participants for your time and talents!  

Contest rules are available here.
In Case You Missed It
Congratulations to Ashamsa Aryal for winning the HWC's poster award during the University of Iowa College of Public Health's Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference earlier this month!
HWC Outreach Director, Dr. Shelly Campo, and pilot project grant recipient, Dr. Lisa Jaegers, recently presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference in New Orleans.
Agricultural Safety & Health Course
Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course will be held at the University of Iowa June 10-14, 2019. This course has been the national model of effective agricultural safety and health education for over a decade, providing a strong foundation in the principles of occupational safety and health in agricultural settings. The course is ideal for health care providers, safety managers, veterinarians, and anyone interested in the specific health and safety needs of rural and agricultural populations. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and EMS personnel. A limited number of Course Fee Waivers are available.

For more information visit  or contact Kay Mohling at

Event Planner

April 23-24 · Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health
April 25 · Disability-Inclusive Hiring & Employer Practices (Webinar)
April 26 · Occ Health & Safety Student Research Conference (IA)
April 28-1 · American Occupational Health Conference
April 30 · Positive Psychology and Work Stress (Webinar)
May 2 · WBCHC Healthcare Roundtable (KS)
May 2 · NORA Symposium: Stressed Out From Work (MN)
May 7 · BLN Community Forum: Centerville (IA)
May 14 · Healthiest State Initiative Annual Conference (IA)
May 15-16 · SafeConExpo (MO)
June 10-14 · Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course (IA)
Visit our calendar for a full listing of trainings, conferences, and other events
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