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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.

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.

    Supporting Veterans Through Art and Dance

    Supporting Veterans Through Art and Dance

    Román Baca is a classically trained ballet dancer and choreographer. In 2001, recognizing his desire to defend the defenseless, he took a hiatus from dance and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a machine-gunner and fire-team leader in Fallujah, Iraq during the Iraq War. After the war, Román returned to dance and co-founded Exit12 Dance Company, which tells veterans’ stories choreographically, to increase cross-cultural understanding and heal divisions. Exit12 has delivered its programming in multiple conventional and unconventional performance spaces across the world.

    Alongside Román’s work with Exit12 he is also an Early Career Researcher at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, a Junior Research Scientist with the USAF/USN Research Unit, and a Ph.D. Candidate at York St. John University in the UK studying the intersection of dance and war. Earlier this year Román worked as an Arts Envoy with the US State Department to Nigeria where he conducted creative workshops with paramilitary, police, and charitable organizations on arts and health. Román completed his MFA at Trinity Laban and was the 2019 awardee of the Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Award for his research into the dance and the military.

    To learn more about Exit12 Dance Company, visit: https://exit12danceco.org

    Resources:

    To learn more about Stephen Wolfert and the DE-CRUIT initiative, where veterans find a path to healing through Shakespeare, visit: https://www.decruit.org

    Román also mentions the National Intrepid Center of Excellence(NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the research of Allison Winters Fisher: https://walterreed.tricare.mil/NICoE

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    Episode information:
    What's Work Got to Do With Supporting Veteran Through Art and Dance?
    Guest: Román Baca
    Host: Nichole Guilfoy
    Produced and edited by: Helen Schuckers
    Written by: Helen Schuckers and Anjali Rameshbabu

    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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    • 26 min
    Firefighter Shift Schedules

    Firefighter Shift Schedules

    What's Work Got to Do With Firefighter Safety, Health, and Well-being?

    Cameron Homan is a Portland Firefighter and District Representative for Portland Fire Fighter Association Local 43. Cameron is a 3rd generation public safety worker, has been a firefighter for 10 years, with 5 of those years serving the Portland public and 4 years serving as a district representative for the Portland Firefighters Union. He is currently working in the Hollywood District at Station 28 and hails from Tacoma, Washington. Cameron shares with us today what life is like working as a firefighter, as well as his experience collaborating with our Institute on a research study.

    Shelby Watkins, MPH is a Research Associate in Dr. Nicole Bowles Lab. Shelby helped coordinate the study with Portland Firefighters’ Association, IAFF Local 43. She joins us on the round table discussion today with Cameron to discuss the research collaboration that looked at sleep and shift schedules within Portland firefighters.

    To learn more about Portland Fire Fighter Association Local 43, visit: https://local.iaff.org/local0043

    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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    • 30 min
    2021 Summer Interns

    2021 Summer Interns

    On this episode of What’s Work Got To Do With It? we highlight our 2021 Summer Intern Program at the Institute and OHWC. Each summer, undergraduate interns work with faculty mentors in basic and applied research over a three-month paid summer internship designed to introduce them to biomedical and occupational health research. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the tough decision to cancel our summer intern program last summer in 2020, so we are excited to be able to host our summer intern program for 2021 and offer undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects virtually this year.

    We spoke to each of our 2021 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.

    Guests: Renee Kozlowski, Kaiyo Shi, Megan Jones, Lauren Lee, and Anika Banister
    Host: Helen Schuckers, M.P.H.

    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

    Read our Oregon and the Workplace blog on our 2021 Summer Intern poster session: https://blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences/2021/08/12/2021-summer-interns-virtual-poster-presentation/

    Listen to our 2019 Summer Intern podcast episode: https://soundcloud.com/occhealthsci/summer-interns

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    • 44 min
    NIOSH 50th Anniversary

    NIOSH 50th Anniversary

    What's Work Got To Do With NIOSH'S 50th Anniversary?
    Speaker: John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA
    Host: Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD
    Narrator: Helen Schuckers, MPH

    This year is the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) 50th anniversary. Since April 28, 1971, NIOSH has funded research, education and resources in occupational safety and health. “Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that created NIOSH to assure so far as possible every working person in the Nation has access to safe and healthful working conditions.

    Dr. John Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Howard was first appointed NIOSH Director in 2002 during the George W. Bush Administration and served in that position until 2008.

    In 2009, Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the US-Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September of 2009, Dr. Howard was again appointed NIOSH Director, and was reappointed for a third six-year term in 2015.

    Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director and WTC Health Program Administrator, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002.

    On behalf of Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and OHWC, we wanted to congratulate NIOSH for their dedication and hard work the last five decades of service and its evolution to recognize the importance of improving safety, health and well-being in the workplace

    Resources:

    NIOSH 50th Anniversary page - Learn about NIOSH’s history and facts: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about/50thanniversary.html

    From the Director’s Desk – Dr. John Howard, MD addresses NIOSH’s 50th and highlights the origins of Total Worker Health®: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/enews/enewsv18n9.html

    Bookmark and follow NIOSH on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on NIOSH 50th activities.
    https://www.facebook.com/niosh
    https://www.twitter.com/NIOSH
    https://www.instagram.com/nioshusa/

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    Additional Resources:

    Learn about the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-healthy-workforce-center

    Access workplace safety, health, and well-being tools and toolkits from the Institute and OHWC: https://www.YourWorkpath.com

    • 58 min
    Impacts Of COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke On Wildland Firefighters

    Impacts Of COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke On Wildland Firefighters

    What's Work Got To Do With the Impacts Of COVID19 And Wildfire Smoke On Wildland Firefighters?
    Speaker: Luke Montrose, PhD
    Speaker Intro: Nicole Bowles, PhD
    Narrator: Helen Schuckers, MPH

    Dr. Luke Montrose is an environmental toxicologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, with research interests in public health, epigenetics, and chronic illness, particularly as it relates to vulnerable and understudied populations. Dr. Montrose's research aims to translate basic science into practical clinical and community solutions to enhance public health.

    Dr. Montrose’s research reflects his passion for studying human health through multiple lenses, ranging from community health to molecular biology. His recent studies have used cutting edge technology to measure exposure-induced epigenetic changes related to diet, air pollution, heavy metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and related these changes to humans and animal health effects.

    Dr. Montrose's talk was given during our 2021 Science Seminar Series. To learn more, visit: www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/occhealthsci-seminar-series

    The Conversation's "What’s in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?": https://theconversation.com/whats-in-wildfire-smoke-and-why-is-it-so-bad-for-your-lungs-144790

    The Conversation's "Wildfire smoke worsens coronavirus risk, putting firefighters in extra danger": https://theconversation.com/wildfire-smoke-worsens-coronavirus-risk-putting-firefighters-in-extra-danger-136016

    CDC/NIOSH COVID-19 and Wildland Firefighters: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2021/03/30/covid-wildlfires

    Nation Interagency Fire Center: https://www.nifc.gov

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    Additional Resources:

    Learn more about our 2021 Spring Symposium, "Adapting to Climate Change for Worker Safety, Health and Well-being" that will be taking place on May 21st and access previous symposia recordings by visiting: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/training-and-symposia

    Access workplace safety, health, and well-being tools and toolkits from the Institute and OHWC: www.YourWorkpath.com

    • 38 min
    Farmworkers' Experiences During COVID-19

    Farmworkers' Experiences During COVID-19

    What's Work Got To Do With Farmworkers' Experiences During COVID?
    Speaker: Reyna Lopez, PCUN Executive Director (she/they)
    Narrator: Helen Schuckers, MPH

    Reyna Lopez's talk, "Essentially Forgotten?" was given at our Fall 2020 Spring Symposium where she addressed the impacts of COVID19 on the Latinx farm working community.

    Reyna Lopez is a leader and proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who came to Oregon in the late 80’s following the migration of farm work in the Marion County area. She is currently the Executive Director of PCUN, which was started by farmworkers and is now Oregon’s longest standing Latinx led organization. Reyna grew up in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Willamette University with her BA in Political Science and Sociology. For over a decade, she has been a fierce leader and advocate for the Latinx community in Oregon, receiving the Immigrant Award from the American Association of Immigration Lawyers of Oregon, and Willamette University’s Young Alumni of the Year Award for her work in social justice causes, campaigns, movement and coalition building.

    To learn more about PCUN, visit: www.pcun.org

    Reyna's talk was given during our 2020 Fall Symposium last November, where speakers addressed work as a social determinant of health. Within the backdrop of the COVID-19 global pandemic and a public health crisis of systemic racism, this symposium will focus on the varying ways that social determinants of health have both affected, and are affected by work. To view Reyna's talk and presentation slides from the 2020 Fall Symposium, visit: www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/worker-health-work-social-determinant-health

    Learn more about our 2021 Spring Symposium, "Adapting to Climate Change for Worker Safety, Health and Well-being" that will be taking place on May 21st and access previous symposia recordings by visiting: https://www.ohsu.edu/oregon-institute-occupational-health-sciences/training-and-symposia

    • 27 min

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