History Project Update
On November 3rd, Drs. Dale Masi, Jodi Jacobson Frey and Dave Sharar presented a progress report for EARF’s History Project during the 2016 EAPA World Conference at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago. The presentation included an update on the Foundation by Dr. Sharar, and a first look at a sample of video interviews recently conducted by Dr. Masi. Dr. Frey provided an overview of the literature review and document search to be conducted in conjunction with this new effort.
New webinar series: The Future of Workplace Behavioral Health Research
On October 11, 2016 hosted by NACBHDD, EARF, the Employee Assistance Practice-Based Research and other cosponsors offered a free webinar entitled The Future of Workplace Behavioral Health Research. This free webinar is the first in a series designed to broaden and deepen the conversation about research in Employee Assistance Programs and Workplace Behavioral Health Services, and to foster collaborations that can mutually benefit all stakeholders and service providers and those they serve. Our expert guest lecturer was Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH – Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health who answered these questions:
Is it possible for work to provide us with both an income and a longer, healthier life? Can time spent on the job enrich us in more ways than one? Can jobs be crafted to safeguard and grow our well-being?
Webinar Description: Modern work is changing at a dizzying pace. New work-associated threats are emerging more rapidly than ever. For many workers, traditional occupational hazards cause injury and illness and silently contribute to risks for many chronic diseases. To succeed, today’s organizations require novel, comprehensive strategies to better protect and promote worker safety, health and well-being. In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched its Total Worker Health program. Total Worker Health is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts, all with the goal of advancing worker well-being. To be successful, this approach demands a new examination of all work-related risks, a more holistic understanding of the determinants, antecedents, interactions and relationships of exposures, both hazardous and ameliorative. It requires new models, tools and methods to help workers with the challenges they face while working and while off the job. This webinar will examine the new way we work, unpack what we know about the tight link between work and health, and spur new dialogue on the future steps we must take to optimize our work experience.
For those who were unable to join us for the live broadcast, please use the following free online link to hear a recording of this important and informative offering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3W5E44V9Zc&feature=youtu.be