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Join Health Links to celebrate and recognize businesses, nonprofits, and community partners creating healthy, safe workplaces in Colorado. This event is an opportunity to network with like-minded organizations, share best practices, and connect with local vendors. We are excited to present an all-star line-up including business executives, health and wellness leaders, and public health professionals. If you are, or want to be, part of creating health, safe workplaces, you won't want to miss this. Learn more at cohealthybiz.squarespace.com.
The Colorado Culture of Health Conference is a great opportunity for employers, health professionals, and others interested in supporting health and wellness in the workplace to learn and network. The conference will feature presentations on creating a culture of health in the workplace, ways to engage employees, and more. The winner of the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness will also be announced at the event. This award is given to one outstanding organization in the Health Links™ Healthy Business Network that is creating a culture of health and safety in their workplace. Learn more and register here.
“The accelerator program is a way for us to support local organizations to improve the health and safety of their workplace in a way that is sustainable. A little funding can go a long way. These funds help turn a ‘wish list’ idea into reality and make a real difference in the lives of employees across the state.” – Lili Tenney, director of Health Links Health Links has awarded funding to 15 Colorado businesses to support capital health and safety improvements in their workplaces. This year, 29 businesses across five counties submitted applications for Healthy Business Accelerator Awards. Proposals ranged from improving breastfeeding accommodations to purchasing new safety equipment. See the 2018 award recipients.
August 28, 2018—The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health awarded six researchers with pilot project grants, made possible by funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
August 22, 2018—Six organizations were recognized for their commitment to improving the health and safety of their workforce at the fifth annual Health Links event, Celebrating Colorado’s Healthiest Places to Work.
August 16, 2018—Health Links has helped hundreds of organizations improve their health and safety culture. In 2017-2018, the program reached 190 organizations and more than 91,000 workers in Colorado.
August 10, 2018—Colorado vets see the opioid epidemic now extending to pets, and ColoradoSPH researchers are looking into who has a dog in the fight.
July 24, 2018—ColoradoSPH course educates Colorado health professionals on best practices.
July 9, 2018—Funds from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment enables Health Links to work closely with the business leaders in Weld County to reach workers in some of the highest risk industries including oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation.
June 8, 2018—Health Links™, a signature program of the Center for Health, Work & Environment, was honored for their work to promote health and safety in workplaces across Colorado by the Tri-County Health Department.
May 18, 2018—Faculty and staff from the Center for Health, Work & Environment attended the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® (TWH) hosted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read more for some of the highlights.
May 15, 2018—Dr. Josh Scott, associate director for education at the Center for Health, Work & Environment, weighs in on the best ways to bulid employee loyalty and a culture of health and safety.
April 20, 2018—On National Equal Pay Day, April 10, Dr. Stefanie Johnson from the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business shared her insights about gender bias in the workplace and what to do about it.
April 17, 2018—Close to 160 people gathered at the 10th annual Research Day Symposium on April 5 to network and learn about student research in environmental and occupational health.
March 29, 2018—Center for Health, Work & Environment Director Dr. Lee Newman explains why occupational health and safety professionals are turning to a more holistic approach. He also shares how he came to adopt a Total Worker Health philosophy himself.
March 21, 2018—Researchers from Colorado State University and the Center for Health, Work & Environment published a study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine that uncovers new information about the demographics, health and safety knowledge, and workplace concerns of Colorado cannabis workers.
March 16, 2018—Lili Tenney, deputy director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment, talks with Colorado Public Radio about shifting the conversation about workplace wellness towards creating a healthy culture for all employees.
March 8, 2018—The Center for Health, Work & Environment published research in Occupational Health Science that outlines how they are using a new framework for promoting worker health and safety.
February 22, 2018—Occupational and environmental medicine resident Dr. Eric Smith and a group of our faculty and trainees met with policymakers on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
February 21, 2018—Specializing in occupational medicine allows Dr. Keteyian to help others surmount adversity and regain sense of identity.
February 14, 2018—A new study from ColoradoSPH researchers found that these health factors significantly affected women but not men.
February 1, 2018—Lee and his colleagues continued to build the scientific evidence for tougher regulatory standards that keep workers safe.
February 1, 2018—Applying her research out in the community and working with people are her favorite parts of the job.
January 29, 2018—Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment at ColoradoSPH have identified new risk factors of a kidney illness affecting tens of thousands of farm workers worldwide.
January 17, 2018—In the 2016–2017 academic year, the Center for Health, Work & Environment launched the first certificate in Total Worker Health® in the country, began a major research study of small businesses in Colorado, administered health screenings to thousands of former Department of Energy site workers and sugarcane workers, and trained more than 2,500 people in workplace health and safety best practices — a 45% increase over the previous year.
December 20, 2017—The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade have partnered with Health Links to strengthen the nexus between business and health in Colorado.
December 1, 2017—ColoradoSPH alumni working in healthcare wanted hospitals to practice what they preach when it comes to junk food – and now some are.
November 10, 2017—Together with NIOSH, we hosted the fourth Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference in downtown Denver last month. The goals of the event were to share knowledge and foster greater collaboration among small businesses and researchers to improve the health and safety of workers in small businesses.
October 9, 2017—Dr. Hans Jørgen Limborg has been involved with coordinating the Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference since its inception eight years ago. As a researcher who has studied worker health and safety in small enterprises for more than 25 years — and as a small business owner himself — Dr. Limborg recognizes the need for researchers and business owners to come together and share their knowledge. We spoke with him about the history and future of the USE Conference and research in this field.
September 19, 2017—Pitkin County, Colorado, is a Certified Healthy Business Partner and one of hundreds of businesses in ColoradoSPH's Health Links™ Healthy Business Network. Health Links works with businesses to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace.
September 19, 2017—“I’m a complex-problem junkie... The kinds of problems that we have to solve in public health, you can’t solve with a pure linear approach,” says Lee Newman, director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment at ColoradoSPH.
August 21, 2017—Liliana Tenney is Deputy Director of the Colorado School of Public Health Center for Health, Work and Environment. But more importantly to The Broadview Denver blog, she's co-founder for Heath Links, a local organization dedicated to making healthy business a priority.
August 17, 2017—Five businesses from across Colorado were recognized for their excellence in workplace health and safety at Health Links’ annual Celebrating Colorado’s Healthiest Places to Work event. Close to 200 leaders and representatives from businesses, nonprofits, and local governments attended the event to celebrate some of Colorado’s healthiest businesses and discuss this year’s event theme — family- friendly, one important aspect of a healthy work culture.
August 14, 2017—Health Links – a program of the ColoradoSPH’s Center for Health, Work & Environment – and the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center co-hosted a training this summer in Frisco, Colorado to help organizations address the effects of mental illness in professional atmospheres.
June 29, 2017—CHWE co-hosted the first safety training designed specifically for marijuana cultivation workers on June 28 with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The training focused on translating recommendations from the CDPHE’s “Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry,” the first guide of its kind, into practice.
June 5, 2017—A delayed OSHA rule to protect workers from beryllium, a lightweight metal that can cause an incurable lung disease, may undergo changes that would exclude certain industries from key provisions of the new standard, such as offering medical screenings to workers who have been exposed. Dr. Lee Newman, director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment, has studied beryllium for over 30 years and his research is clear — workers need protections from this toxic metal.
June 5, 2017—Dr. Molly Tran joins the Colorado School of Public Health as the new director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program and faculty member of the Center for Health, Work & Environment and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
May 31, 2017—An hour and a half into his first day on the first job of his life, 21-year-old Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis was killed. The story of his untimely death is the focus of “A Day’s Work,” an award-winning film that we screened on May 3 at the Tivoli Turnhalle. Increasingly, employers are outsourcing work to temporary workers, freelancers, and other contractors. Sadly, this means more workers are at greater risk of being injured, or even killed, on the job.
May 31, 2017—A recent bill will direct marijuana taxes to expand opioid abuse programs on CU Anschutz. ColoradoSPH's Center for Health, Work and Environment is involved from a provider and prescriber education front, using a continuing ed program to train practitioners who treat work-related injuries and chronic pain.
May 31, 2017—An hour and a half into his first day on the first job of his life, 21-year-old Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis was killed. The story of his untimely death is the focus of the award-winning film, “A Day’s Work,” recently screened by ColoradoSPH's Center for Health, Work & Environment.
March 22, 2017—From understanding how much exercise improves energy to radioactive cleanup in Japan, students share their research at the 9th Annual Research Day Symposium
March 7, 2017—Liliana Tenney, MPH, and colleagues in the ColoradoSPH Center for Health, Work, and Environment developed one of the first internet-based classes to teach doctors about alternatives to prescribing opioid painkillers to manage non-cancer chronic pain patients.
March 7, 2017—Rural communities in Colorado have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. With limited time and resources, doctors in these communities often need additional support. To address this need, the Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) developed an online course that teaches healthcare providers how to help their patients manage pain in a healthy, nonaddictive way. Lili Tenney, deputy director of CHWE and co-chair of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s provider education work group, shares her insight.
February 16, 2017—In the first study to examine worker health and safety in the cannabis industry, lead researchers Kevin Walters, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee, and Dr. Gwenith Fisher, the director of the MAP ERC occupational health psychology program, surveyed over 200 workers in the Colorado cannabis industry to understand worker demographics, awareness and presence of workplace health and safety issues, and the quality and quantity workplace health and safety training employees receive.
February 13, 2017—A study published in Health Affairs by the Integrated Benefits Institute, ColoradoSPH's Center for Health, Work & Environment, and Segue Consulting found employees with work-related injuries, chronic health conditions, and demanding jobs were significantly less productive, with roughly three times higher lost productivity costs compared to workers without those three indicators.
February 9, 2017—A Guatemalan Sugarcane Company is committed to cultivating a healthy and happy workforce led in collaboration with occupational health and safety expert Dr. Lee Newman.
January 7, 2017—ColoradoSPH Center for Health, Work & Enivornment director Dr. Lee Newman explains the significance of a new federal standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers from beryllium, a lightweight metal that can cause an incurable lung disease. OSHA relied on more than 100 papers authored by Dr. Newman and his colleagues to develop the new standard, reducing exposure levels by 10 times.
September 14, 2016—The Center for Health, Work and Environment received $4.7 million from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to become one of six national Centers of Excellence to research the concept of Total Worker Health™.
June 10, 2014—In 2014, the Colorado School of Public Health launched what may be the first statewide effort in the country focused on helping small businesses develop wellness programs in their offices.