Total Worker Health Funding Renewed

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NIOSH Renews HWC Funding for Five Years

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWC) has recently been awarded a renewed five-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) totaling more than $6 million. 

Since its establishment as a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health® in 2006, the HWC has worked to address the region’s disproportionately higher rates of occupational injury and illness and unhealthy behaviors. The HWC’s interdisciplinary team addresses these burdens through basic and applied research, a participatory approach, and theory-driven educational and translational activities. Recognizing the greater impact of organizational changes, the HWC focuses not only on changes at the individual worker level, but also policies and programs to change work climate and culture. The Healthier Workforce Center addresses emerging issues and high-risk, high-need populations in employers of all sizes.

Research Projects

Research projects include the following: 
  • Development and implementation of a training for supervisors to promote well-being among remote workers
  • Translation and dissemination of workplace opioid guidelines for the construction industry
  • Determine the organizational factors that impact adoption of Total Worker Health in rural nursing homes
  • Implement a mental health and suicide prevention program for construction workers
  • Promote capacity building of community and academic partners through a Pilot Grant program

The HWC serves Federal Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri) and is a collaboration between the University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Penn State University, WorkWell Kansas, the Nebraska Safety Council, and the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition.

regional partners

The HWC serves Federal Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri) and is a collaboration between the University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Penn State University, WorkWell Kansas, the Nebraska Safety Council, and the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition.

Key Personnel

Diane Rohlman, MA, PhD

Center Director & Co-Investigator

Dr. Rohlman is Center Director and Co-Investigator (CO-I) in Research Project 1: Mental Health in Construction and Research Project 2: Supervising Remote Work.

Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH

Center Associate Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. Evanoff is Center Associate Director, Principal Investigator (PI) of Research Project 1: Mental Health in Construction, and PI of the subcontract to Washington University.

Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE

Center Deputy Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. Fethke is Center Deputy Director and Principal Investigator of the Pilot/Feasibility Projects Program.

Shelly Campo, PhD

Outreach Core Director

Dr. Campo is Director of the Outreach Core.

Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dale is Principal Investigator of of Research Project 4: Opioid Use Guidelines.

Lisa Henning, BS

Co-Investigator & Principal Investigator

Ms. Henning is Co-Investigator in the Outreach Core and Principal Investigator of the subcontract to the Nebraska Safety Council.

Lauren Remspecher, MPH

Co-Investigator & Principal Investigator

Ms. Remspecher is Co-Investigator in the Outreach Core and Principal Investigator of the subcontract to the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition.

Elizabeth Ablah, PhD, MPH, MS

Co-Investigator

Dr. Ablah is Co-Investigator in the Outreach Core.

Beth Livingston, MBA, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Livingston is Principal Investigator of Research Project 2: Supervising Remote Work.

Jessica Williams, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Williams is Principal Investigator of Research Project 3: Nursing Homes.