Center for Worker Health
The Center for Worker Health promotes worker and occupational health research and practice. It brings together investigators, health care providers, community members and business leaders interested in protecting and promoting worker health. In addition to research, the Center supports education through a seminar series and a journal club.
Work is a major element of life and has manifold health implications.
It shapes vital aspects of workers’ daily lives: when they sleep, how they interact with their families, and their relation to their communities.
Job-related tasks put workers into contact with materials and circumstances that have the potential of causing illness and disease. They also have the potential of promoting human health and vitality.
Work is a leverage point for human health.
The Healthy People initiative has for over 20 years set goals for building worksite health promotion programs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration focuses on preventing illness and injury by setting and enforcing standards to minimize risks inherent in every job.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funds ongoing basic and applied research designed to promote population health by reducing work-related illnesses and building the health-promotion capacity of the workplace.
These national-level programs demonstrate that work and the workplace are a powerful laboratory for both understanding human health and for translating research findings into concrete strategies for reducing illness and promoting health.
Work has a direct relation to quality and availability of healthcare.
Engaging in the labor force is the primary source of individuals’ and families’ financial wherewithal, and it is a dominant source of health insurance and subsequent access to healthcare for most Americans.