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The Use of Digital Human Modeling to Prevent Injury

The Virtual Soldier Research Program developed digital human modeling software to predict posture, motion, and other functions in a three-dimensional, real-time environment. The technology considers real-world constraints such as muscle fatigue and strength, carrying needs, body size, and clothing restrictions to determine soldiers’ performance in varying conditions. With funding from the Healthier Workforce Center, Nate […]

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Improving Health and Safety of Construction Apprentices

Construction is clearly dangerous. In addition to traditional hazards for workplace injury and illness, other threats to health and well-being of construction workers occur from work organization and work environment factors,including irregular employment, working at multiple job sites, long commutes,long work hours, and employer policies regarding health and safety. These non-traditional hazards are associated with […]

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Opioid Use Among Construction Workers

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest has had funding to examine the health and safety of construction apprentices. A survey was conducted with union apprentices in 2018 and findings demonstrated high musculoskeletal symptoms and use of prescription pain medications. Opioids are commonly prescribed for treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and some data show these prescriptions […]

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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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Healthier Workforce Center Showcases their Efforts

Members of the Healthier Workforce Center (HWC) from three Midwest states packed their bags in May 2018 and traveled to Bethesda, MD for the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health (TWH). This diverse team includes practitioners, researchers with a wide range of academic training,including safety and health, ergonomics, engineering, occupational medicine,anthropology, occupational therapy, communication, […]

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Total Worker Health® Methods Workshop

How can we ensure that Total Worker Health research is appropriate and effective? In March 2017, the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest hosted a Total Worker Health (THW) Research Methodology Workshop which included national experts from NIOSH, TWH centers and affiliates. The meeting was held in response to recommendations from the Independent Panel of […]

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Health and Safety Survey of Midwest Small Businesses

While the majority of employers in the US consist of small businesses, they have received less attention from occupational safety and health and Total Worker Health® practitioners. Based on the Institute of Medicine’s Employee Total Health Management model, a foundational model for TWH, statewide surveys and focus groups of Iowa employers (Merchant et al., 2013; […]

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Health and Safety Survey of Construction Apprentices

Construction is among the most hazardous industries in the US, with high rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries. Safety in construction is complicated due to rapidly changing work environments, unique hazards of the industry, and the organizational issues of coordinating interactions between multiple contractors. In addition to high rates of work injury, construction workers are […]

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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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Cover of the Real Iowan's Urban Divide White Paper

Real Iowans Research Initiative

The Real Iowans Research Initiative arose out of the need for baseline, evidence-based data on the statewide workforce. More specifically, the initiative aimed to document Iowan’s perceptions and experiences related to health status, health care, prevention, employment and wellness. In 2010, the HWC joined with David P. Lind & Associates and the State Public Policy […]

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