Inaugural Partners in Launch of Total Worker Health Affiliate Program
To increase the number of work environments that support the overall safety, health and well-being of workers, NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health recently launched an Affiliate Program. Inaugural members leading the way for improved workplace and worker safety, health and well-being include the Dartmouth-Hitchcock, University of Colorado, School of Public Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s vision is to achieve the healthiest population possible, leading the transformation of health care in the Northeast U.S. region and setting the standard for our nation. The University of Colorado’s Center for Worker Health and Environment has a robust and growing continuing education program, public-private partnerships, and community-based initiative to integrate worksite health promotion and health protection. And NASA has a long history of dedication to health protection and promotion, being recognized in an Institute of Medicine report Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA, for “being forward-looking in designing programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of its employees.”
“At NIOSH, we recognize the benefits of integrating traditional workplace safety and health programs with newer worker health promotion programs to achieve total worker health,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “The Affiliate Program helps to further advance the integration of health protection and health promotion within other organizations.”
Participation in the Affiliate Program is voluntary and intended for public sector entities; labor organizations; academic institutions; federal, state, or local entities; and, non-profit associations that align with the principles of a Total Worker HealthTM approach. If your organization is interested in becoming a NIOSH TWH Affiliate, please visit the NIOSH Total Worker Health website at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/twh/affiliate.html or contact the Office for Total Worker Health via email at email@example.com.