Pilot Grants

Work and Workplace Characteristics Associated with Suicide

Suicide and Work Work and Workplace Characteristics Associated with Suicide Suicide prevention programs are becoming more common in workplaces because of the psychological and financial toll a suicide can take on a workplace. The workplace can play an important role in preventing suicides, and most programs involve steps to recognize at-risk individuals and refer them […]

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COVID-19 employer guide addressing employer & employee health & wellness during a pandemic

COVID-19 Employer Guide COVID-19 Employer Guide Addressing Employer & Employee Health & Wellness during a Pandemic Created through a collaboration of academic, business, and health experts, the Total Worker Health® Employer Guide: COVID-19 Edition provides practical tips and resources for employers to apply traditional Total Worker Health principles to pandemic response strategies. The guide covers […]

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Feasibility Study for Assessing Nurses’ Occupational Fatigue Using the Sleep, Activity, Fatigue, and Task Effectiveness (SAFTE) Biomathematical Model

Occupational Fatigue of Nurses Feasibility Study for Assessing Nurses’ Occupational Fatigue Using the Sleep, Activity, Fatigue, and Task Effectiveness (SAFTE) Biomathematical Model Studies have shown that fatigued nurses are at high risk for work injuries, car accidents, negative health outcomes, and patients’ care errors. Advancement in biomathematical modeling provided a novel approach to measure fatigue […]

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Detection of Environmental Hazards by Senior Farmers Using a Simulated Tractor Environment

Farming Hazards for Seniors Detection of Environmental Hazards by Senior Farmers Using a Simulated Tractor Environment Kayla Faust, PhD, formerly a graduate student in the College of Public Health, used the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) for a research study on how age and factors associated with age, such as hypertension and […]

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Agricultural Production Practices and Stress: A Pilot Study of Women Farmers in Iowa

Women Farmers and Stress Agricultural Production Practices and Stress: A Pilot Study of Women Farmers in Iowa Carly Nichols and Silvia Secchi were awarded funding to investigate the relationships between agricultural production practices and stress among women farm operators in Iowa. Farm stressor inventories and occupational hardiness scales have been used to assess stress among […]

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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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Efficacy of a Combined Ergonomic Health Promotion Intervention on Employee Health

Ergonomic Health Promotion Efficacy of a Combined Ergonomic Health Promotion Intervention on Employee Health The Healthier Workforce Center awarded Lucas Carr, professor of Health and Human Physiology, funding for an intervention to help sedentary office workers who are overweight be more active at work. Pedal machines were placed under desks, so workers could exercise while […]

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