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1-19-23 – Dr. Paul Landsbergis & Colleagues Publish APHA Policy Document on Decent Work

Today, the American Public Health Association (APHA) published a Nov. 2022 policy document titled “Support Decent Work for All as a Public Health Goal in the United States.”*

As stated in the abstract:

The International Labour Organization defines decent work as work that is “productive, delivers a fair income, provides security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families, offers prospects for personal development and encourages social interaction, gives people the freedom to express their concerns and organize and participate in the decisions affecting their lives and guarantees equal opportunities and equal treatment for all across the entire lifespan.”

Excitingly, this policy paper was co-authored by Paul Landsbergis, PhD MPH, our esteemed, longtime CSE research associate and Healthy Work Toolkit Principal Investigator. Dr. Landsbergis continues to oversee our Healthy Work Strategies case studies, one of our most valuable resources on healthywork.org, while making an impact on the next generation as an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the SUNY-Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn, New York. You can learn more about Paul here.

To read and download the full report, you can access it here.

*Pratap P, Sokas R, Landsbergis P, Lewis N, Porter N, Gascon L, et al. Support Decent Work for All as a Public Health Goal in the United States. American Public Health Association policy document 20223, approved November 7, 2022.

 

1-18-2023 – HWC Co-Director Peter Schnall Featured in The Good Men Project
1-18-2023 – HWC Co-Director Peter Schnall Featured in The Good Men Project

On January 13th (2023), Healthy Work Campaign Co-Director, Dr. Peter Schnall, was featured in The Good Men Project. According to their About Us page, The Good Men Project’s initial goal was:

to start an international conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century. And with over 3 million visitors coming to join in every month, it looks as if we’ve done exactly that. The Good Men Project was founded by Tom Matlack in 2009. Tom set out to collect stories about the defining moments in men’s lives.

The Good Men Project article on Dr. Schnall dives into his defining moment–when he decided to retire and dedicate his efforts full-time to the Healthy Work Campaign.

Since launching the Campaign in December 2018 and the Healthy Work Survey in 2021, with Dr. Marnie Dobson and their team, and with Dr. Dobson now campaign Director, Dr. Schnall now primarily oversees legal affairs, fundraising, financial stewardship, CSE* Board engagement, project management, and Latin American/Spanish Language Outreach. He also collaborates on many other campaign activities and has become an increasingly in-demand expert on occupational stress and health.

*The Center for Social Epidemiology, which Dr. Schnall continues to direct, remains the founder and sole funding source for the Healthy Work Campaign. To be connected with him for an interview, fundraising proposal, Board membership, or anything else, please email with a subject including “Request for Peter Schnall.”

12-22-22 – HWC Appears in LA Weekly

Just this week, an article about the Healthy Work Campaign and our Healthy Work Survey appeared in LA Weekly: Los Angeles-based Healthy Work Campaign launches free online survey: Helping U.S. organizations reduce work stress and burnout!

“Now is the time for LA to insist on Healthy Work” says Dr. Marnie Dobson of The Healthy Work Campaign… “Working people are in crisis in American workplaces,” says Dr. Dobson. “But we believe workers are the change they are looking for. They can’t do it alone. Work stress is not an individual problem–its root causes are in the workplace. So change needs to be collective and collaborative.”

If you’re an organization or individual who wants to take the Healthy Work Survey, visit https://www.healthywork.org/healthy-work-survey/.

12-16-22 – Dr. Laura Punnett (CPH-NEW) Receives TWH Founders Award

A day ago, our close colleague at CPH-NEW, Dr. Laura Punnett, announced on LinkedIn that she was awarded the Total Worker Health® (TWH) Founder’s Award at the 3rd TWH International Symposium in Bethesda, MD in October.

We congratulate Laura on this great achievement. And in the words of HWC Co-director Dr. Peter Schnall, “Truth is Laura I don’t know anyone in our field who deserves this award more. Congratulations!”

To read Dr. Casey Chosewood’s words about Laura, in giving the award, visit her post.

12-7-22 – NIOSH Total Worker Health Newsletter featured the HWC

Just this week, the NIOSH Total Worker Health® in Action! quarterly newsletter featured the Healthy Work Campaign with the below excerpt:

Healthy Work Pledge Spurs Critical Dialogue

The Healthy Work Campaign, a public health initiative of the Center for Social Epidemiology (a nonprofit and TWH Affiliate), is excited to introduce the Healthy Work Pledge.

Want to know what we mean by “Healthy Work”? Check out the Pledge! The Pledge is designed to start a dialogue between employers, labor unions, government, health and safety professionals, and working people about how to reimagine U.S. workplaces to reduce sources of work stress and improve the health and well-being of workers. The coalition around the Healthy Work Pledge is growing. Sign up as an organization or individual to help build the movement for healthy work.

Click the images below to check out our latest English and Spanish versions of the Healthy Work Pledge graphic.

Healthy Work Pledge graphic in English, by the Healthy Work Campaign    This is the Spanish version of the Healthy Work Pledge graphic.

The TWH newsletter also mentioned “Highlights From the 3rd International Symposium to Advance TWH” with a link to session abstracts, where you can find the abstract from HWC director Dr. Marnie Dobson and co-director Dr. Peter Schnall’s presentation: “The Healthy Work Campaign: Findings from the first year of use of the Healthy Work Survey.”

The Center for Social Epidemiology, the nonprofit supporting the Healthy Work Campaign, is a NIOSH Total Worker Health affiliate. Learn more about the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Program here.

11-8-22 – OSHA Launched Workplace Stress Tool w/References to HWC
11-8-22 – OSHA Launched Workplace Stress Tool w/References to HWC

Did you know? Workplace stress has been reported to cause 120,000 deaths in the US each year3.

In early November, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its first ever comprehensive “Workplace Stress” toolkit, which included this research-backed statistic and much more.

OSHA workplace stress toolkit logo

The toolkit provides an overview with key statistics on the impact of workplace stress on health and mental health, as well as the below in-depth resource pages:

This has been a landmark month regarding occupational health–beyond physical hazards. It started with the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy’s Framework for Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace, launched October 20th, as it paved the path for this OSHA resource.

However, this OSHA “Workplace Stress” resource takes these issues to the next level, including more clearly laying out what is at stake and what organizations can do to monitor and reduce work stressors.

We want to thank OSHA for providing this important resource to the public, as well as featuring the Healthy Work Campaign on a number of pages, including on “Guidance and Tips for Employers”, under “Resources Provided by Other Organizations.”

10-26-22 – Article on Dr. Marnie Dobson Appears in Yahoo Finance
10-26-22 – Article on Dr. Marnie Dobson Appears in Yahoo Finance

Press release: On October 26th, Yahoo! Finance published “Healthy Work Campaign’s New Director Dr. Marnie Dobson Inspires American Workplace Transformation” (from PR Newswire). This article gives an in-depth background on Dr. Dobson, her career, and what motivates her to take the Healthy Work Campaign to the next level.

Marnie is Director of the Healthy Work Campaign and Associate Director of the campaign’s nonprofit, Center for Social Epidemiology based in Los Angeles. Learn more about Marnie here, and visit “Interviews” on our Media page to hear her thoughts in more depth.

9-13-22 – Article on Dr. Peter Schnall Appears in Yahoo News

Press release: On September 13th, Yahoo! Finance published (from PR Newswire), “Dr. Peter Schnall Leaves UCI to Start the Healthy Work Campaign – “Biggest Transformation for American Work”.” This article gives an in-depth background on Dr. Peter Schnall, his career, and why he left the academic world to start the Healthy Work Campaign.

Peter is Co-Director of the Healthy Work Campaign and founder and director of the campaign’s nonprofit, Center for Social Epidemiology based in Los Angeles. Learn more about Peter at his HWC bio here, as well as in his April 26th podcast interview with David Bryan.

 

9-01-22 – NCOSH Joins Campaign as Partner

We have some really exciting news. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) recently joined the Healthy Work Campaign (HWC) as our partner.

National COSH is a national leader in the fight for safe, healthy working conditions. Founded in 2004, National COSH works to ensure that all workers can earn their living with dignity and respect and return home alive and well at the end of their shift. Learn more about National COSH here.

Thanks to our new colleague Mark Van Landuyt for facilitating this partnership, along with Jessica E. Martinez and Marcy Goldstein-Gelb of NCOSH. We are truly excited to see how we can support one another’s efforts to improve the lives of working people–and do even more together.

Committed to healthy work and think you would make a great HWC partner? Learn more about the requirements and benefits of partnering with us here.

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