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Work, Stress and Health
Nov 6 – Nov 9 all-day

What is Work, Stress and Health?

The Work, Stress and Health (WSH) conference helps you navigate the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers.
WSH covers numerous critical topics relevant to labor, management, practitioners and researchers. Expert presentations and informal meetings with leading scientists and practitioners provide a unique and intimate forum for learning about the latest developments in occupational health psychology.

Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1979. Pfeffer is the author or co-author of 15 books on topics including power in organizations, managing people, evidence-based management and The Knowing-Doing Gap. His latest book, “Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It”, was published in March, 2018. Author of more than 150 articles and book chapters, he has won numerous awards for his scholarly research, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Pfeffer has taught seminars in 40 countries and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, London Business School, Singapore Management University, and IESE in Barcelona. Prior to joining Stanford, he was on the faculty at the business schools at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois. Pfeffer has served on the board of directors of several human capital software companies as well as other public and private company and non-profit boards. Learn more about Pfeffer at his website.

Manal Azzi, PhD

Manal Azzi, PhD

Azzi is an occupational safety and health specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO), currently based in Geneva. In her 15 years with the ILO, she has had the opportunity to supervise interventions around the world. Azzi currently leads a global project to improve occupational health and safety in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as overseeing the work on chemical safety and coordinating the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. One of her main roles is to manage the ILO’s activities on health promotion in the workplace including improved nutrition and the prevention of stress, violence and substance abuse.

Azzi holds a PhD in occupational health and safety (faculty of Health & Medical Sciences-University of Surrey, UK), a master’s in labour law, (University of Leicester), a master’s in nutrition, and a bachelor’s in environmental and public health sciences (American University of Beirut), and a degree in biochemistry, human physiology and health education (University of Sydney).

Can’t Miss Sessions

Future of work

The future of work: Implications for occupational health and worker well-being

The world of work is rapidly changing due to advancements in automation technology. At the same time, the workforce is undergoing a major transformation. This symposium will explore the future of work, including what workplaces will look like, what hazards are likely to occur, how workforce demographics will shift, health conditions that will become more prevalent, and how the field of occupational health can adapt to address these changes.
Opioids in the workplace, prevention and response

Opioids in the workplace, prevention and response

Participants will learn about the impact of the opioid crisis in the workplace, including research evaluating the impact by occupation and industry. This session will also cover interventions designed to combat opioid abuse in the workplace, such as educating providers, establishing dosing guidelines and regulations, and worker and employer training initiatives.

Unique factors related to stress and its outcomes in health care workers

Unique factors related to stress and its outcomes in health care workers

Health care is a high-risk and high-stress industry. The well-being of health-care workers is of particular interest because it can impact not only the employees themselves in terms of injuries, burnout and turnover, but also the quality of patient care, including medical errors and mortality rates. This symposium will examine unique factors that play a part in the stress experience for health-care workers and its outcomes.

Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health Conference @ Iowa Valley Community College Conference Center
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day
Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health Conference @ Iowa Valley Community College Conference Center | Marshalltown | Iowa | United States

Reframe, Refocus, Rebuild

MRASH 2019 Conference Schedule 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019:

8:00-9:00 am Registration, exhibit setup
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 -10:30 Keynote Panel – Health and Safety Impacts of Emergencies and Disasters

Facilitator, Courtney Long, MS, Food Systems Program Manager, Community Economic Development, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Elayne Saejung, MS Director of Emergency Management for the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Linda Emanuel RN, Ag Producer, AgriSafe Network, Community Health Nurse

Clarissa Thompson, Executive Director, Mid-Iowa Community Action

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Building an Emergency Response Plan – Shay Foulk, BS, Ag View Solutions
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch:  Participants may elect to attend the regular lunch or participate in a Career Luncheon combining students and professionals.
1:00 – 2:00 First round: breakout sessions.
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Second round: breakout sessions
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Third round: roundtable sessions
4:30 – 6:00 Reception at the Orpheum – wine & cheese reception and local food sampler
7:00-9:30 ISU Extension’s Farm bill meeting @ Community College


Thursday, November 14: 

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:30 Case Study:  Marshalltown Tornado Response

Led by Kim Elder, Director, Marshall County Emergency. Management

9:30-10:45 What’s Current in Mental and Behavioral Health

David Brown, PhD, ISU Extension Behavioral Health Specialist

Rochelle Honey-Arcement, MS, MSW, CommUnity Crisis Center

Tammy Jacobs, Iowa State Iowa Concern Hotline

Mark Smith, MS, State Representative serving Marshalltown and Director of Special Projects at Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa

10:45- 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Small Group Discussion Topics – Where do we go from here?
12:00-1:00 Awards Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30 Participants select 1:

Stop the Bleed Workshop

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Workshop


Breakout Session Schedule –Wednesday afternoon, November 13

Breakout Session Presenters and Topics:


Room A Room B Room C – Roundtables
Session 1:

1:00-2:00 pm


1.       Estimating lung cancer mortality rates in U.S. counties using Bayesian spatial models. Melissa Jay, BA, Department of Biostatistics, University of Iowa

2.       Testing and use of the first pc-based tractor driving simulator to examine the impact of age and hypertension medication on selected driving performance measures. Kayla Faust, Graduate Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa

1.       Engaging critical access hospitals in cancer control initiatives. Mary Charlton, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health (UI CPH) Department of Epidemiology

2.       What’s Happening in Telehealth. Mary DeVany, MS, Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center


What’s hurting farmers in Iowa? Data to incorporate into injury prevention conversations with rural farmers. T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP; Kanika Arora, PhD University of Iowa College of Public Health
Session 2: 2:15 – 3:15 1.       Easterseals Iowa Rural Solutions and Assistive Technology Program.  Tracy Keninger, MS CRC ATP, Easter Seals of Iowa

2.       Oh, the Places We Can Go – Planning Partnerships for Ag Safety. Kathy Leinenkugel, MPA, REHS, MT, Iowa Department of Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program

1.       Safety in Agriculture for Youth: Maintaining a National Clearinghouse.  Alyssa Damke, BS, and Aaron Yoder, PhD, University of Nebraska’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

2.       Increasing ATV Safe Riding Behaviors in Youth: FFA Members from Across the Country Respond. Charles Jennissen, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa

Community Outreach Grant Writing Skills for Rural Health Professionals. T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health


Session 3: 3:30 – 4:30


1.       HRSA Rural Health Programs and Resources. Rae Hutchison, MSW; Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Kansas City Regional Office

2.       Homeownership Patterns Impact on Disaster Resilience: Experiences of Latino and Karen Homeowners In Post-Tornado Marshalltown. Jon Wolseth, PhD, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach—Community and Economic Development

1.       Improving Safety and Health in the Cattle Feedyard Industry.  Jill Oatman, BS, University of Nebraska’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

2.       Alcohol & Job-Related Injuries: Preliminary Findings from Latino Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers in the Midwest.  Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Farming for Public Health. Kamyar Enshayan, PhD, Director and Audrey E. Tran Lam, MPH, Environmental Health Program Manager both from the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa


OHWC Fall Symposium: Substance Use and the Workplace @ University Place Conference Center
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
OHWC Fall Symposium: Substance Use and the Workplace @ University Place Conference Center | Portland | Oregon | United States

Substance Use and the Workplace: Building safe and healthy workplaces for all employees


This symposium will start by presenting the current knowledge regarding substance use (cannabis, alcohol, opioids, and other substances) and its impact on workplace safety and employee health. Building on the knowledge of these detrimental effects this symposium will also present innovative programs of workplace solutions for prevention and intervention. Our expert panel will propose ideas and tools that can help employees and organizations prevent and mitigate negative outcomes taking us from awareness to action.

Agenda – Friday, November 15, 2019 9 AM – 4 PM

  • 9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome
    Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Faculty, Occupational Health Psychology Graduate Training Program, Portland State University
  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Update on the Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic from CDC/NIOSH
    Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)This timely update on the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic will provide the latest surveillance trends and health impacts of the evolving opioid crisis.  L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH, NIOSH’s Total Worker Health® Director and a member of CDC’s Opioid Response Coordinating Unit, will share emerging evidence of the epidemic’s strong connection to workplace, working conditions and other worker issues, as well as disparities across industries and occupations, and other valuable insights for employers, occupational health psychologists and other OSH professionals. He will share the latest resources, policy approaches and workplace interventions critical to a successful workplace response to the opioid crisis.  Special attention to safety sensitive work, impairments associated with opioid use disorder, and return to work issues after treatment will be given.
  • 10:15 – 10:30 AM Break & Network
  • 10:30 – 11:15 AM Cannabis and the Workplace
    Nicole Bowles, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSUDescription: Medical and recreational legalization of cannabis and cannabis derived products has not only led to increased use in recent years but a catalogue of products that vary in their potency and bioavailability. These newly available products (e.g., CBD drinks, high percentage THC wax for dabbing) have not been well studied and the consequences of habitual or long-term use remain unclear. Further, despite legalization in many states, recommendations regarding their cannabis-related policies are rarely updated and few provide accommodation for cannabis use as medicine. Dr. Bowles will provide a brief review of the potential impacts of cannabis and related products on health and draw insights and possible solutions for cannabis use in the workplace from newly legalized markets (e.g, Canada, Illinois).

    Dr. Bowles graduated with her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and went on to earn a master’s in clinical epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medical College as a Health Disparities and Community Engagement Research Fellow. Dr. Bowles joined Dr. Shea’s laboratory in August 2016 as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in order to examine the interplay between stress, endogenous circadian rhythms, and cannabinoid signaling in humans. Dr. Bowles became a Research Assistant Professor in February 2019. She is currently funded through Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute’s NCATS KL2 program, NHLBI’s PRIDE program, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Young Investigator Award.

  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Employers, Employees and Users: Addressing drug use and drug use disorders in the workplace
    Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.,  Professor OHSU-PSU School of Public HealthDescription: An overview of epidemiology of illicit drug use and drug use disorders among people in the workforce with attention to workers aged 18 to 25 as a group with elevated rates of drug use and a brief assessment of drug and alcohol use by industry category. The presentation continues with a discussion of workplace policies that can inhibit drug use and facilitate access to treatment services and the value of health plans that address alcohol and drug use disorders.

    Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, works at the intersection of policy, research and practice assessing the organization, financing, and quality of prevention and treatment services for alcohol and drug disorders. He serves as the Director of the Education Core for the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center (P50 DA018165), the co-Principal Investigator for the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (U10 DA015815), and the Principal Investigator for an evaluation of the impacts of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations on prevention and treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders (R33 DA035640).  Dr. McCarty is the Academic Director for the University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction – a two week course that uses Dutch policy perspectives on drug use disorders to introduce the neuroscience, genetics, treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug use disorders.  Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. McCarty directed the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Currently, he serves on the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission and the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse. He received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Kentucky.

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch & Network (provided)
  • 1:00 – 1:45 PM Managing Behavioral Problems In the Workplace: The Challenge of Substance Abusers
    Jerry Gjesvold, Manager of Employer Services at Serenity Lane, OregonDescription: In my many years of assisting employers developing Drug Free Workplace Programs the most frequent mistake made is not adequately training supervisors on how to identify and intervene with employees who come to work questionably “fit to perform safely”. The content will help employers identify “best practices” in reducing these risks and help identify the most important skills needed by the supervisors to promote a safer workplace.

    Jerry has been a consultant and trainer for companies on the west coast since 1983. He is currently Manager of Employer Services with Serenity Lane Health Services, where he has been employed since 1979. Jerry specializes in matters of policy and procedures related to the management of alcohol and other drug problems in business and industry. He is a popular public speaker who weaves his own personal experience of addiction and recovery into his presentations. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and has done graduate work there in health education. Jerry served for 16 consecutive years (from 1998 – 2004) on the Oregon Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII Legislation. He writes a monthly column for a Eugene newspaper on alcohol and drug related topics and is a regular guest on KPNW radio.

  • 1:45 – 2:30 PM  Community Initiatives: Supporting Families with Prevention and Recovery Resources
    Pam Pearce, Co-Founder – Family Inspired Recovery and Oregon Recovery High School Initiative/Harmony Academy, Community Organizer – Community Living AboveDescription: The whole family feels the effects of a substance use disorder (SUD). The family unit holds information about how SUDs develop, are maintained, and what can positively or negatively influence the treatment and recovery of the disorder.  It’s imperative to recognize the individual in relations to his or her family environment because each family member is uniquely affected by the individual using substances.  SUDs are manageable, and recovery is possible when the individual and family have the support they need to thrive. Prevention is the cure, but until we understand what real prevention is, prevention needs to be knowing where to go for help.

    Pam Pearce is a wife, mother, and a person living in long-term recovery (24 years). She wants all to know that hope and healing are possible. She leads Community Living Above, an organization that provides prevention education, access to support resources, and peer-to-peer encouragement. Over the years, Pam has been a contributor and prevention resource for online prevention and recovery sites and has shared her personal experience in recovery and as a prevention leader on blogs and through speaking engagements. She is a member of the following groups/councils: Clackamas County Prevention Coalition, Mental Health and Addiction Council for Clackamas County, an Advisory Committee member for Clear Alliance, a member of the Prescription/Opioid Taskforce (RxOT) Youth Initiative, and a participant in the national group The Communities Project. Most recently, Pam co-founded two new projects that will serve teens and their families. The first is Family Inspired Recovery, an Alternative Peer Group model. FIR is a community of families growing and healing from the effects of teen substance use and other high-risk behaviors.  The other organization Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals, and business leaders committed to launching the first recovery high school, Harmony Academy in Oregon for students impacted by substance use disorders.   Both organizations are the first of their kind in Oregon.

  • 2:30 – 2:45 PM Break & Network
  • 2:45 – 3:30 PM Panel, Q & A with all presenters
    Facilitated by Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, faculty member within the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Graduate Training Program, Portland State University
  • 3:30 – 3:45 PM Final Comments and Adjourn

Registration Fees (includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and parking). Online registration will open September 15, 2019.

$60 – By November 12, 2019
$30 – Reduced fee (Oregon government agencies – city/county/state; educational institutions; labor unions; companies with fewer than 25 employees; non-profit organizations; students) (must register online not register at door day of).
$20 – Live webinar attendee
Please note: Cancellation policy posted with online registration details.

Parking passes will be provided through your registration, although, as always we encourage you to use public transportation, carpool or other alternative and healthy modes of transportation.

Online Registration now Open: Register Now

Reversing the Opioid Epidemic, and Delivering More Effective Pain Care @ Wohl Clinic - Clopton Auditorium
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am