Who we are

The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of 10 Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® and houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to advance worker health, safety, and well-being. ​   

We educate future leaders, conduct research, and design practical solutions to occupational health and safety challenges with our partners. We use a Total Worker Health approach in all that we do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health.

What we do

COVID-19 resources


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    $600,000 NIH grant for Colorado School of Public Health Community Climate Hub

    Mar 21, 2023
    The newly-established Mountain West Alliance for Community Engagement-Climate and Health (ACE-CH) Hub, led by ColoradoSPH researchers, has been awarded $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health to identify evidence-based and community-driven action in the face of the climate crisis.
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    Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Cook-Shimanek

    Mar 20, 2023
    While on rotations as a medical resident at National Jewish Health, Maggie Cook-Shimanek was instantly attracted to a model of clinical care dedicated to the workforce. Read more about her journey to working an occupational health physician working as the medical director for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
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    Convening Colorado business leaders to create recovery friendly workplaces

    Feb 13, 2023
    “We heard from stakeholders representing workforces and employers across the state that supporting employees in recovery is a top priority,” said Lili Tenney, DrPH, director of outreach and programs at CHWE. “Our goal is to build capacity and positive change led by the voice of Colorado businesses and workers.”
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