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

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  • Janalee Thompson

    Alumni Spotlight: Janalee McKnight

    Jun 7, 2023
    In our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated MAP ERC trainees, we interviewed Janalee McKnight, an ergonomics and safety graduate working as the Senior Manager, Global Health and Safety Training Programs at VF Corporation.
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    Strengthening Future Workplace Leaders Through Interdisciplinary Education

    Jun 2, 2023
    Now in its tenth year, the MAP ERC Interdisciplinary Course follows a field consultation format allowing students to develop specific occupational health and safety assessment, leadership, and communication skills. We asked our current trainees about the impact this course has had on their educational journey.
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  • Kathy James SLV

    Agricultural Worker Mental Health in Southern Colorado

    Jun 1, 2023
    While doing a preliminary assessment for environmental health hazards for the agriculture workforce in Southern Colorado, researcher Kathy James was redirected. Her community partners sounded an alarm for a behavioral health crisis in the Ag community.
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