We study the impact of our surroundings, both natural and built, on health.
The field of environmental and occupational health covers everything from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the injuries and mental health challenges we may face at work. We strive to improve health by promoting practices and policies that reduce harmful exposures and protect vulnerable populations. From improving worker health and safety, to promoting healthy housing, to creating new tools to monitor air and water quality, we work to make our homes, our workplaces, and our communities healthier places for all.
A graduate degree in environmental & occupational health prepares you to think critically about complex challenges and to design solutions that improve public health. When you leave one of our programs, you’ll be ready to address emerging environmental and workplace issues in a way that builds on science while prioritizing real people. Our graduates work in environmental health and safety, emergency management, environmental epidemiology, and workplace safety and health in private, nonprofit, and government organizations.
Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. This year’s virtual event, Celebrating Total Worker Health®, aptly honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers. With award celebrations sprinkled throughout the day, attendees participated in a variety of workshops ands continuing education sessions held by academic and industry experts.
Topics included coming back by giving back with inspirational stories from Heidi Ganahl on her personal and professional journey, chronic disease prevention, health-promoting built work environments, mental health technology, modern families at work, health for teleworkers, and more.
"We are consistently impressed by the dedication to Total Worker Health (TWH) from our entire Healthy Workplace Network™ and are thrilled to announce the 2021 Award winners," said Health Links program manager David Shapiro. "Over the past 2 years, in the face of the pandemic, we have seen tremendous advancement in the field of workplace health, safety, and well-being. There is reason to celebrate!"
Follow the hyperlinks of our award winners to watch a short video on their impressive achievements!
Our Champion of Well-being Awards recognize one outstanding workplace in each of the three levels of Healthy Workplace Certification™: Certified, Partner, and Leader.
The Workplace Mental Health Champion Award recognizes one Certified Healthy Workplace that excels at supporting the mental health of employees, their families, and the community. All organizations that have completed the Health Links Workplace Mental Health Survey are eligible for this award. Our advisory board will select the winner based on survey responses.
The Dedication in Small Business Award recognizes one Colorado-based currently certified Healthy Workplace with less than 50 employees who has demonstrated improvement in workplace health, safety, and well-being over the past year.
Our Family-Friendly Workplace Award recognized one organization that excels in supporting employees as caregiving in all stages of life.
The Integration Award is given to one organization that excels at integrating workplace health and safety – the key to achieving TWH—an integrated approach to promote the health, safety, and well-being of all workers.
The Director’s Award is given to one individual who demonstrates leadership in TWH.
The Continued Excellence Award is given to one organization that demonstrates dedication to workplace well-being and continuously excels in all aspects of the TWH approach.