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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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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Health & Wellness Coaching

Employers are always looking for new and innovative ways to help employees improve health, reduce costs associated with employees’ health conditions, and improve morale. Integrating health and wellness coaching into an existing health promotion program may be one way to achieve these goals. Health and wellness coaching is a partnership between a certified health and […]

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