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Your Environment. Your Health.

Exploring Workplace Training Interventions Addressing Workplace Stress and Addiction

May 14-16, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Purpose of the Awardee Meeting

The semi-annual WTP Awardee Meeting brought awardees together to provide program updates, exchange information regarding training, and discover new areas of interest to awardees.

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

Workplace stress, fatigue, and addiction are associated with increased occupational injury and illness. Negative health effects range from high blood pressure, obesity, burnout, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, addiction, and death. The organization of work, inadequate staffing, long hours, hierarchical management styles, and lack of essential health and safety standards, such as an ergonomics standard, are some key factors. Learn about interventions, training initiatives, and best practices in the U.S. and internationally.


Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting: 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Time Topic
1:00 p.m. Welcome/NIEHS Update (7MB) 
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., Sharon Beard, Demia Wright, Kathy Almark, Jim Remington and Lisa Edwards, NIEHS
2:00 p.m. NIEHS National Clearinghouse Update (1MB) 
Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
2:30 p.m. Sharing Successes and Accomplishments of the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) (387KB) 
Moderator:Sharon Beard, NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Business Official Meeting (1MB) 
    Lisa Edwards, NIEHS Grants Management Branch, and Kathy Ahlmark, NIEHS WTP
  • Program Official Meeting
    Chip Hughes, Demia Wright and Jim Remington, NIEHS WTP
  • ECWTP Meeting (499KB) 
    Sharon Beard, NIEHS WTP

Workshop: Tony Mazzocchi Center/WTP Exploring Workplace Training Interventions Addressing Workplace Stress and Addiction

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Ashlee Fitch, United Steelworkers (USW) and Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Jr., NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
9:15 a.m. Why This Topic? (2MB) 
Ashlee Fitch, (USW) and Chip Hughes, NIEHS WTP
10:15 a.m. Keynote Address: International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Behaviral Health Program (3MB) 
Patrick Morrison, IAFF
11:15 a.m. Diseases of Despair and the Workplace (2MB) 
Cora Roelofs, Sc.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
11:35 a.m. Workplace Stress
Moderator: Jim Remington, NIEHS WTP
1:30 p.m. Tools to Address Overdose, Stigma, and Suicide Prevention
Moderator: Sharon Beard, NIEHS WTP
2:30 p.m. Small Group Discussion Questions (404KB) 
Facilitator: Deborah Weinstock, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
3:30 p.m. Case Studies and Audience Q&A
Moderator: Demia Wright, NIEHS WTP

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time Topic
9:00 a.m. Challenges of Getting the Medical Community to Think About Workers: Engaging Community Health Workers on Occupational Stress (10MB) 
Amy Leibman, Migrant Clinicians Network
9:30 a.m. Various Training Development Initiatives
Moderator: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse/MDB, Inc.
10:45 a.m. Facilitated Discussion: Using Training to Move the Prevention Framework Forward (329KB) 
Facilitator: Ashlee Fitch, USW
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