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2020 Pilot Grant Request for Proposals

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWC) at the University of Iowa and Washington University is pleased to announce the availability of funds for New Investigator and Student pilot projects. The HWC is one of six Total Worker Health® (TWH) Centers of Excellence funded through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). […]

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout Among Jail Officers

Jaegers, Lisa A., PhD; Matthieu, Monica M., PhD; Vaughn, Michael G., PhD; Werth, Paul, MS; Katz, Ian M., MS; Ahmad, Syed Omar, PhD The aim of this study was to explore posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom prevalence and health characteristics among jail correctional officers, a generally understudied population of public safety workers. Officers employed in […]

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Missing Pieces in the Employee Well-being Puzzle

Through a community-based pilot project grant funded by the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition (BHC) recently created and released the Total Worker Health® Employer Guide. It includes Total Worker Health (TWH) education and resources for employers to address topics including workplace hazards, interpersonal relationships, the organization of […]

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Return to Work Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Early detection and treatment of breast cancer has led many women to be able to return to work, particularly those with early-stage cancer.While medical advances have been great, disparities for African American women remain. A pilot project funded by the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwestto Christine Ekenga, PhD, a faculty member at Washington University […]

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Exploring How to Impact the Health and Safety of New Correction Officers: A Study of Rural and Urban Jails

Corrections officers face a number of safety and health challenges in both jail and prison settings. With pilot funding from the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, Dr. Lisa Jaegers (Assistant Professor of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at St. Louis University) tracked newly hired corrections officers’ mental and physical health trends in order to […]

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