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Total Worker Health

by Heidi L. Hudson, Jeannie A. S. Nigam, Steven L. Sauter, L. Casey Chosewood, Anita L. Schill and John Howard American Psychological Association
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In a globalized economy where work is increasingly tenuous, the safety, health, and well-being of employees has become a matter of some urgency for organizational leaders, and an area of intense focus for researchers and practitioners.


The Total Worker Health® program, an initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), targets policies, programs, and practices that address worker safety and health in both the physical and organizational work environment, as well as outside the workplace.


This volume, for the first time, brings together the state-of-the-science knowledge and viewpoints from thought leaders on integrative prevention strategies that safeguard and ensure the health and well-being of workers.


Chapters in this book cover organizational approaches for program implementation, and offer examples of applications for diverse worker populations, including workers in healthcare settings, construction, corrections, and manufacturing; aging workers who may have multiple chronic health conditions; and workers employed in small businesses.


Contributors provide evidence of program effectiveness for addressing work conditions that impact mental health, fatigue and sleep, and work-life conflict.


This volume is for occupational safety and health professionals, human resource managers, policymakers, and organizational trailblazers who understand that building a culture of health is an essential best business practice.



John Howard



Heidi L. Hudson, Jeannie A. S. Nigam, Steven L. Sauter, L. Casey Chosewood, Anita L. Schill, and John Howard

I. Historical, Theoretical, and Empirical Foundations of Total Worker Health

Total Worker Health®: Evolution of the Concept

David M. DeJoy and Mark G. Wilson

The NIOSH Total Worker Health® Vision

Anita L. Schill, L. Casey Chosewood, and John Howard

Interrelationships of Occupational and Personal Risk Factors in the Etiology of Disease and Injury

Paul A. Schulte and Sudha P. Pandalai

Effectiveness of Total Worker Health® Interventions

W. Kent Anger, Anjali Rameshbabu, Ryan Olson, Todd Bodner, David A. Hurtado, Kelsey Parker, Wylie Wan, Bradley Wipfli, and Diane S. Rohlman

A Conceptual Model for Guiding Integrated Interventions and Research: Pathways Through the Conditions of Work

Glorian Sorensen, Deborah L. McLellan, Jack T. Dennerlein, Eve M. Nagler, Erika L. Sabbath, Nicolaas P. Pronk, and Gregory R. Wagner

A Participatory Framework for Integrated Interventions

Martin G. Cherniack and Laura Punnett

II. Organizational Approaches to Total Worker Health Interventions

Occupational Safety, Health, and Well-Being Programs in Small Midwest Enterprises

Shelly Campo, Kevin M. Kelly, and Diane S. Rohlman

Creating and Sustaining Integrated Prevention Approaches in a Large Health Care Organization

Robert K. McLellan

Total Worker Health® Approaches in Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises

Lee S. Newman and Liliana Tenney

A Labor–Management Approach to Addressing Health Risks in the Unionized Construction Sector

Jamie F. Becker and Scott P. Schneider

Community Health Programs: Promising Practices and Opportunities for Expanding Total Worker Health®

Sherry Baron, Emma K. Tsui, Isabel Cuervo, and Nadia Islam

III. A Spectrum of Total Worker Health Applications

Developing an Integrated Approach to Workplace Mental Health

Anthony D. LaMontagne, Angela Martin, Kathryn M. Page, Nicola J. Reavley, Andrew J. Noblet, Allison J. Milner, Tessa Keegel, Amanda Allisey, Alicia Papas, Katrina Witt, and Peter M. Smith

Productive Aging and Work

James W. Grosch, Steven Hecker, Kenneth Scott, and Juliann C. Scholl

Workplace Strategies to Reduce Risks From Shift Work, Long Work Hours, and Related Fatigue Issues

Claire C. Caruso

Reducing Work–Life Stress: The Place for Integrated Interventions

Leslie B. Hammer and MacKenna L. Perry

Integration of Workplace Prevention Programs and Organizational Effectiveness

Ron Z. Goetzel, Enid Chung Roemer, Karen B. Kent, and Katherine McCleary

Future Directions and Opportunities for Total Worker Health®

Heidi L. Hudson and Jeannie A. S. Nigam


About the Editors

Heidi L. Hudson, MPH, is a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). She currently serves as a team lead at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office for Total Worker Health®.

Her interests include strengthening the connections between research, policy, and practice to improve overall well-being of workers and their families. She has authored several publications in occupational safety and health and serves as editor-in-chief of the NIOSH TWH in Action! eNewsletter.

She has received numerous awards for her leadership in the translation of occupational safety and health research into practice, including two USPHS commendation medals.


Jeannie A. S. Nigam, PhDc, MS, is a research psychologist at NIOSH. She serves as an advisor to the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program and coordinates NIOSH's Healthy Work Design and Well-being Program. Her research centers on understanding how work organization affects employee health and well-being with emphases in the areas of work-life balance, depression, and examining the benefits of comprehensive organizational programs that promote and protect worker health. She has lectured on these topics to both applied and academic audiences at numerous conferences and meetings.


Steven L. Sauter, PhD, (Industrial Psychology, University of Wisconsin) is a consultant to the Total Worker Health Program at NIOSH. He served previously as coordinator of the NIOSH Research Program on Work Organization and Stress-related Disorders. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and has participated in an editorial capacity on several scholarly journals on this topic. He has authored and edited a dozen books and numerous articles on psychosocial aspects of occupational health, and he is an associate editor of the 4th edition of the ILO Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety.


L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, is currently the director of the Office for Total Worker Health at NIOSH. Before this he served as the director of Health and Safety for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medical Director of CDC's three occupational health clinics. He is the editor of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (5th Edition) and author of numerous book chapters and scientific publications. He has lectured extensively on worker safety, occupational health, biological and laboratory safety, international travel medicine, and workplace well-being.


Anita L. Schill, PhD, MPH, MA, is a consultant to the Total Worker Health Program at NIOSH. Prior to retiring after more than 23 years of federal service, Dr. Schill served as a co-manager of the NIOSH TWH Program and Senior Science Advisor to the NIOSH Director. Her interests include psychosocial risk factors in the workplace, meaningful work, and national policy to protect workers and improve the experience of work. She has received awards for her early-career research, authorship, and government service, including the NIOSH TWH Founder's Award. Anita lives near Washington, DC.


John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, is the director of NIOSH and the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to his appointment at NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He speaks and publishes extensively on emerging trends, law, and policy related to occupational safety and health.