The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest [HWC] represents a partnership of the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Nebraska Safety Council. The HWC is one of six Total Worker Health Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Center was established in 2006 and is built upon extensive investigator experience in occupational health and safety, ergonomics, and health promotion. The vision of the HWC is to create a safe, healthy, and productive workforce.
The Mission of the HWC is to protect and preserve worker safety and health through knowledge generation and dissemination of evidence-based Total Worker Health® practices (TWH). This will be accomplished through the following goals:
- Serve as a leader in research, translation and dissemination of multidisciplinary Total Worker Health® programs, policies and practices
- Conduct basic and applied research addressing Total Worker Health® outcomes
- Partner with researchers, employers, and occupational safety and health practitioners to generate, evaluate, and disseminate best practices
- Engage in outreach and education activities to disseminate and speed the adoption of best practices in Total Worker Health®