33 episodes

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences is housed within Oregon Healthy & Science University. Our mission is to improve the lives of workers through biomedical and occupational health research. We explore a range of questions with regard to work-related injury and disease, and develop evidence-based strategies to prevent these negative outcomes and improve the health of workers. We actively engage with community organizations, businesses, and stakeholders through Total Worker Health to improve workplace safety, health, and well-being.

What's work got to do with it‪?‬ OccHealthSci at OHSU

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The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences is housed within Oregon Healthy & Science University. Our mission is to improve the lives of workers through biomedical and occupational health research. We explore a range of questions with regard to work-related injury and disease, and develop evidence-based strategies to prevent these negative outcomes and improve the health of workers. We actively engage with community organizations, businesses, and stakeholders through Total Worker Health to improve workplace safety, health, and well-being.

    The Great Resignation

    The Great Resignation

    Dr. Berrin Erdogan discusses factors leading employees to leave their jobs in large numbers, the resulting pressures and major challenges facing organizations and employees left behind and the opportunities arising from this experience to reshape the future of work.

    Dr. Erdogan is Professor of Management at Portland State University's School of Business. Her research focuses on the employer-employee relationship as it relates to employee well-being, effectiveness, engagement and retention in the workplace. She conducted studies and partnered with organizations in industries including food services, education, technology, public sector, retail, hospitality, insurance and banking. She is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS).

    Learn more about her research by visiting her PSU faculty profile: https://www.pdx.edu/profile/berrin-erdogan

    Dr. Erdogan gave our keynote talk at our 2022 Spring Symposium, "The Great Resignation: Challenges, opportunities and implications for employees and organizations." Listen to other talks here: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/great-resignation-great-reconfiguration

    Save-the-date for our 2022 Fall Symposium on Friday, December 9th
    "Supporting a Diverse Workforce in the Face of Ongoing Societal Trauma." Visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/supporting-diverse-workforce-face-ongoing-societal

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    Episode information: What's Work Got to Do With The Great Resignation?

    Guest: Berrin Erdogan, PhD
    Introductions: Helen Schuckers, MPH
    Produced and edited by: Helen Schuckers, MPH
    Music by: Sam Greenspan, MPH

    Connect with us Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on social media:
    Twitter: twitter.com/OHSUOccHealth
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/occhealthsci.ohsu
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/occhealthsci
    Blog: blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences/

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    • 47 min
    Fishing Forward

    Fishing Forward

    In our latest podcast episode, we invite the Fishing Forward podcast team to share important research that can help improve the safety and health for commercial fishermen and their families. The Fishing Forward team brings stories of fishermen to the community.

    Fishing Forward is a podcast inspired by fishermen, for fishermen. Fishing Forward focuses on the well-being of the commercial fishing industry and is funded by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety and produced by the team at Coastal Routes Radio at the University of Guelph.

    Resources from this episode:

    Listen to the Fishing Forward podcast here: https://coastalroutes.org/fishingforwardpod
    Topics include: Safety Culture and Survival at Sea, Crew, Aging Fleets and Infrastructures, Health in Fishing Communities, Trauma and PTSD, Sleep, Cooking and Relationships, Hydration, Diet and Nutrition, and more!

    Learn more about the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: https://necenter.org/fishing

    Visit the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association's website: https://www.mainecoastfishermen.org

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    What's Work Got to Do With Fishing Forward?
    Guests: Julie Sorensen, Hannah Harrison, Monique Coombs and Rebecca Weil
    Hosted and Edited by: Helen Schuckers
    Produced by: Helen Schuckers and Anjali Rameshbabu
    Music by: Sam Greenspan

    Julie Sorensen is the Director of the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. Dr. Sorensen was responsible for funding the podcast and assisted with identifying content experts for a number of episodes, as well as reviewing and providing feedback on content.

    Rebecca Weil is the commercial fishing research coordinator at the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Along with Maryellen Driscoll, Weil co-led the meetings and outreach for the Fishing Forward team, assisting with identifying topics, fishermen and researchers for episodes.

    Monique Coombs is the Director of Community Programs at the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association. Monique's programs include topics like Working Waterfront and Fishermen Wellness. She is also part of a commercial fishing family.

    Hannah Harrison is a human ecologist and assistant professor of marine affairs at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is one of the hosts for the Fishing Forward podcast. She is interested in the human dimensions of small-scale fisheries and fisheries conservation. You can connect with her on most social media platforms @ fishpeopleplace

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    Connect with us Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHSUOccHealth
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/occhealthsci.ohsu/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/occhealthsci/
    Blog: https://blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences/

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    • 35 min
    Supporting Low-Wage Essential Workers During COVID

    Supporting Low-Wage Essential Workers During COVID

    In our latest podcast episode, we highlight a 2021 Fall Symposium talk from Dr. Tori Crain where she addresses the topic of supporting low-wage essential workers' nonwork life during the pandemic and the numerous stressors they have faced and are still facing.

    Although much of the focus during the pandemic has been on the experiences of healthcare workers, essential vulnerable workers in other industries have not received the same attention. This talk highlighted obstacles faced by essential, lower-wage shift workers, with a specific focus on the work-life challenges of fast-food workers whose experiences can be generalized to other vulnerable occupational groups.

    Additionally, Dr. Crain shared strategies on supportive solutions that organizations and supervisors can explore, which have been generated from in-depth interview studies conducted during the pandemic with these essential workers and supervisors.

    Dr. Tori Crain is an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology at Portland State University. Her research is focused on the diverse work-nonwork experiences of underrepresented and vulnerable workers, especially in industries and occupations that are high risk, where health and safety protections are less common, and where discriminatory practices are often at play. She has worked with a variety of union and industry partners, including construction, healthcare, manufacturing, and the gig economy, with the goal of increasing support and equity for workers and their families.

    To learn more about Dr. Crain's research, visit Dr. Crain's Lab website: https://sites.google.com/pdx.edu/crain-lab/home

    Dr. Crain was a guest speaker during our 2021 Fall Symposium. She spoke on the topic, " Supporting Low-Wage, Essential Workers' Nonwork Life in the Context of COVID-19."

    View our other Fall Symposium talks at: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/work-life-challenges-and-integration-context-covid

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    Episode information:
    What's Work Got to Do With Supporting Low-Wage Essential Workers During COVID?
    Guest: Tori Crain, PhD
    Host: Helen Schuckers, MPH
    Produced and edited by: Helen Schuckers, MPH

    Connect with us Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on social media:
    Twitter: twitter.com/OHSUOccHealth
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/occhealthsci.ohsu
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/occhealthsci
    Blog: blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences/

    Community feedback is important to us. If you love our podcast and want to further support our podcast, please consider leaving us a review. Thank you!

    • 39 min
    2022 Summer Interns

    2022 Summer Interns

    In this episode of our podcast, we highlight our 2022 Summer Intern Program. Each summer, undergraduate interns work with faculty mentors in basic and applied research over a three-month paid summer internship.

    Over the summer, interns conduct a research project in their host faculty member’s laboratory. OccHealthSci’s internship program begins in June and concludes in mid-to-late August with interns presenting their work at a poster session. We typically receive 100-145 applicants each summer.

    OccHealthSci's Undergraduate Summer Internship Program began in 1995 and is designed to introduce undergraduate students to biomedical and occupational health research. We provide unique research opportunities across various basic and applied research areas. Whether studying molecules, cells, organ systems, non-human organisms, or gathering data in the community, students will gain valuable experience conducting a specific project aligned with their host faculty member’s research.

    We spoke to 4 of our 2022 Summer Interns as they share their experience working alongside institute researchers and how this experience will inform their future careers in research, clinical health, and public health. Today, we learn about the different research projects from each of our guests.

    Our podcast guests:
    -Ayeisha Haswarey, Portland Community College (Bowles Lab) – The impact of two shift schedule types on post-shift blood pressure in firefighters.
    -Breanna Repp, Oregon State University (Butler Lab) – Determining the receptor in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) androgens use to regulate circadian rhythms.
    -Zoe Sanderson, Lewis and Clark College (McHill Lab) – The influence of inconsistent sleep schedules on cognitive performance in night nurses.
    -Judith Solomon, Portland State University (Shea Lab) – Analyzed the impact of daytime versus nocturnal sleep on K-complex density.

    Visit our Summer Intern page for more information on the application process. Applications open each year in December for the following Summer: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/summer-internships

    Listen to our 2021 Summer Intern podcast episode: https://soundcloud.com/occhealthsci/2021-summer-interns

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    • 35 min
    Brain Cleansing Technology: Better Sleep For A Better Tomorrow?

    Brain Cleansing Technology: Better Sleep For A Better Tomorrow?

    Dr. Miranda Lim is a neurologist with board certification in Sleep Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in Neurology with secondary appointments in Behavioral Neuroscience and Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, as well as an Affiliate faculty for our Institute, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. Miranda also has a joint appointment as a Staff Physician and Research Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System.

    Dr. Lim’s research program, Sleep & Health Applied Research Program (SHARP), focuses on understanding the function of sleep in neurological disorders across the lifespan. Some examples include autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and aging/neurodegenerative disease. As a translational neuroscientist, her research program is known for its bidirectional, translational research spanning preclinical (rodent) and human studies. Methods used include conducting sleep studies (such as sleep manipulations and sleep interventions), quantitative analyses of sleep, implementing non-obtrusive long-term wearables (e.g., actigraphy, mattress sensors), and using machine learning to quantify sleep.

    Over the years, Miranda’s research has been published in high-impact journals Nature, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Science Translational Medicine, and Science Advances, as well as support from many federal and foundation sources, such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Sleep Foundation, Center for Aging and Technology, Portland VA Research Foundation, and more!

    Learn more about Dr. Lim's research:

    Dr. Lim's Research featured on GeekWire: https://www.geekwire.com/2021/neurosciences-startup-gets-defense-dept-funds-test-headband-improve-sleep-clean-brain

    OPB: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/06/01/the-science-of-sleep-pacific-northwest-researchers-explore-secrets-of-a-good-nights-rest

    OHSU News: Physician-scientist focuses on a good night’s sleep https://news.ohsu.edu/2019/05/13/ohsu-physician-scientist-focuses-on-a-good-nights-sleep

    OHSU News: Rare sleep disorder common among veterans with PTSD
    https://news.ohsu.edu/2019/10/10/rare-sleep-disorder-common-among-veterans-with-ptsd

    VA Career Development Awardee Profiles, Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
    https://www.research.va.gov/about/awards/cda/default.cfm

    A Local Neurologist Thinks a Baby’s Dream State May Affect Their Adult Life
    https://www.pdxmonthly.com/health-and-wellness/2019/12/a-local-neurologist-thinks-a-baby-s-dream-state-may-affect-their-adult-life

    OHSU doctor says we’re starved for sleep but hope isn’t lost
    https://www.columbian.com/news/2021/jan/10/ohsu-doctor-says-were-starved-for-sleep-but-hope-isnt-lost

    VA Blog: Studying sleep problems that affect Veterans
    https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/84912/studying-sleep-problems-affect-veterans

    Save-the-date for Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's 2022 Summer Institute on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 on "Total Worker Health® approaches in industry and academia: Key elements and implementation." Learn more here: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-healthy-workforce-center/summer-institute-occupational-health-psychology-total-worker


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    Episode information:
    What's Work Got to Do With Brain Cleansing Technology?

    Guest: Dr. Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
    Hosted and Edited by: Helen Schuckers, MPH
    Produced by: Helen Schuckers, MPH and Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD
    Music by: Sam Greenspan, MPH

    Connect with us Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on social media:
    Twitter: twitter.com/OHSUOccHealth
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/occhealthsci.ohsu
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/occhealthsci
    Blog: blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences

    Community feedback is important to us. If you love our podcast and want to further support our podcast, please consider leaving us a 5-star review. Thank you!

    • 34 min
    Inclusion And Worker Well-Being In The Trades (Part 2)

    Inclusion And Worker Well-Being In The Trades (Part 2)

    In Part 2 of the Inclusion and Worker Well-Being in the Trades series, we interview Tiffany Thompson, former Director of Workforce Equity and Technical Assistance of Oregon Tradeswomen and Dr. Maura Kelly an Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. 

    Both Tiffany and Maura support, engage and help workplaces gain tools and provide education for respectful workplace programs. They provide program support and research opportunities to help build capacity, such as investing resources and time to contribute to cultural shifts needed on trade job sites.

    Tiffany started her career working with survivors of interpersonal violence where she also provided training for service providers on how to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. In 2013, Tiffany first began working at Oregon Tradeswomen and saw the overlap between her previous work and the experiences of tradeswomen in the field. Since then, she has been working diligently, within and outside of construction, to bring about culture change to ensure that no one experiences the trauma that can come from harassment, bullying, hazing, and any type of interpersonal violence.

    Dr. Maura Kelly is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. She researches inequalities in the construction trades and advocates to increase opportunities for women and people of color. Dr. Kelly's evaluation research has assessed a variety of programs intended to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse workers in the trades, including the ODOT/BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program, Green Dot for the Trades, the City of Seattle Acceptable Work Sites training, Mentorship Matters, as well as the Oregon Tradeswomen and Constructing Hope pre-apprenticeship programs.

    Resources:
    RISE Up: https://riseup4equity.org
    EEOC Report: https://www.eeoc.gov/harassment
    Immokalee Workers: https://ciw-online.org
    Oregon Tradeswomen: https://oregontradeswomen.org
    Learn about Dr. Maura Kelly and the programs she discussed: http://maura-kelly.com

    Save-the-date for our 2022 Spring Symposium on Friday, June 3rd
    "From the Great Resignation to the Great Reconfiguration: Connecting research and practice." Visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/training-and-symposia

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    Episode information:
    What's Work Got to Do With Inclusion And Worker Well-Being In The Trades? (Part 2)

    Guest: Tiffany Thompson and Dr. Maura Kelly
    Hosted by: Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD
    Produced by: Helen Schuckers, MPH and Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD
    Voiceovers: Helen Schuckers, MPH
    Music by: Sam Greenspan, MPH

    Connect with us Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHSUOccHealth
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/occhealthsci.ohsu
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/occhealthsci
    Blog: https://blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences

    Community feedback is important to us. If you love our podcast and want to further support our podcast, please consider leaving us a 5-star review. Thank you!

    • 53 min

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