Improving Conditions of Work: What Impacts Worker Health?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH, and Jack Dennerlein, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health & Well-being
Learn how to address conditions that affect worker health and wellness.
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Glorian Sorensen is a professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Director of the Harvard Chan School Center for Work, Health, and Well-being, a NIOSH Total Worker Health® Center of Excellence. Her research focuses on integrated approaches to worker and worksite health and safety, and has included intervention studies across a range of industries. A theme of this work is to test the efficacy of behavioral and organizational interventions that are embedded in the social context or environment in which people live and work. Glorian conducted the first randomized controlled worksite intervention trials to integrate occupational health and health behaviors, and has designed and tested cancer prevention interventions across a range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, health care, social service, and transportation, and with small and large worksites. These interventions aim in particular to address disparities in worker health outcomes and to be effective for low-income, multi-ethnic populations.

Jack Dennerlein is a professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University as well as an adjunct professor of Ergonomics and Safety at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Associate Director for the Harvard Chan School Center for Work, Health, and Well-being. His research, which is funded mainly by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, aims to prevent work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) through multiple research approaches that in general examine how the design of the environment, both built and organizational, affects worker health outcomes. This research is based on a systems approach articulated through the goal of modern ergonomics, which is to optimize system performance and human well-being. His research study designs are both observational/descriptive and experimental, based in both the laboratory and in the real work environment. Jack lead the All the Right Moves project (ARM) examining the effect of a Total Worker Health® program that integrates an ergonomics program into existing safety practices with a wellness week custom designed for construction workers.

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