To address the staggering increase in substance-use, mental health needs, and substance-related deaths, The Center for Health, Work & Environment launched the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. The project works with partners and employers to create workplaces that support workers struggling with substance use and addiction.
As part of the Center for Health, Work & Environment's Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Karely Villareal Hernandez, a first-generation student earning a Master's in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.
Public water can have low or undetectable levels of elemental or chemical impurities like metals, pharmaceuticals, household products, disinfectant byproducts, PFAS, and hardness, according to Associate Professor Katherine James.
Encore Electric, a leading electrical contractor in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, checks all the boxes. Its workforce checks all the boxes for what the CDC considers to be the highest risk individuals for suicide and mental health issues. Males working in construction between the ages of 16-64 years old.
In the newest installment of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Dr. Kevin Walters, an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. Walters is a graduate from the MAP ERC's organizational health psychology program and works to empower others to apply psychology to improve their own lives and communities.
For many, mental health feels like a private, personal issue. Why bring it up in the workplace? CHWE’s approach to mental health awareness and support is rooted in the understanding that employers have an immense opportunity to impact the mental health of their employees.
Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment have completed their first year of data collection for two research grants with agricultural workers in rural Guatemala. The research grants entail three research projects that will span across the next three to five years.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of micro ergonomics – where machines, the environment, software, and work activities interact with humans. But Natalie Schwatka, PhD, prefers to zoom out a bit further. In her research and graduate instruction, she explores macro ergonomics – specifically how leadership impacts the workplace.
We don’t often talk about return on investment (or ROI) in academics.
We focus on expanding the fields of research, making new discoveries, building capacity, actualizing theories, and engaging communities and individuals in programs. But this past week, the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center and the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of the Colorado School of Public Health, saw a return on the investment it’s made in people – their trainees specifically.
Going back into the office can feel overwhelming. Lili Tenney, assistant professor and associate director for outreach and programs for the Center for Health, Work & Environment, discusses how workers and employers are facing this new normal.