Who we are

The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (TWH) 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 TWH approach in all that we do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health.

What we do

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  • Elizabeth Watts

    Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Watts

    Jun 11, 2021
    Student Spotlight: Jillian Moore Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we strive to protect workers is by educating and training future leaders in occupational health and safety. As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Elizabeths, a Total Worker Health® Certificate Program student earning an MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health.
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  • John Adgate headshot

    Celebrating Dr. John Adgate’s 12 years as Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

    Jun 7, 2021
    After 12 years, Dr. John Adgate is stepping down as Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH). He will remain a faculty member for the department and focus on research, teaching and mentoring students.
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  • Dr. Jaime Butler-Dawson doing fieldwork in Guatemala

    NIH research grant to address kidney disease among women in Guatemala

    May 24, 2021
    Dr. Jaime Butler-Dawson, from the Center for Health, Work, & Environment, has received a Career Development Award from the NIH. The three-year K01 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will provides support to examine the environmental determinants of kidney injury in female sugarcane workers and female community members in Guatemala.
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