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​Upcoming Effective Workplace Webinars

These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for professionals to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic pain or disability to stay at work and to return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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Live Event: To be rescheduled... Stay tuned!
Margot Joosen, PhD-Senior Researcher, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Learn about barriers and facilitators of work participation after sick leave in workers with common mental disorders, from the perspective of workers, managers, mental health professionals, occupational health professionals and general physicians.
Live Event: Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Philip Bigelow, PhD and Nicolette Carlan, PhD (Cand.)-University of Waterloo
This webinar presents findings and experiences emanating from over 6 years of effort by CRE-MSD researchers to reduce MSDs in the construction sector in Ontario.
Live Event: Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Fergal O'Hagan, PhD-Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Trent University
This webinar will focus on ways to support working age individuals with cardiovascular disease in order for them to enjoy a safe, rewarding and productive work life.
Live Event: Tuesday January 29, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Jarna Pasanen, PhD (cand.)-Teacher, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
This webinar will discuss about the probabilities, permanence and connections between return to work (RTW), inability to work and rehabilitation after a severe occupational injury.
Live Event: Thursday February 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Taryl Felhaber, MD-Medical Advisor at WorkSafeBC and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC
A webinar to highlight the risks of worklessness to health and well-being of our patients, with a review of research to date and recommendations for practice.
Live Event: Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Ann Marie Dale PhD-Assistant Professor of Medicine and Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Construction is dangerous with many workers suffering from injuries and illnesses, yet there are large differences in health conditions and behaviors among those working in residential versus commercial projects.
Live Event: Thursday February 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Heid Nøkleby, PhD and Kristin Vold Hjerpås-Researcher in the Division of Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Directorate
This will be a presentation of a systematic review of international research on the effects of Supported Employment, included Individual Placement and Support (IPS), supported by experiences from Norway.
Live Event: Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM ET
Jodi Oakman, PhD and Tea Lallukka, PhD-Associate Professor, Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and Adjunct professor, Academy Research Fellows
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of pain on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their persistent pain.
Live Event: Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Xiuwen Sue Dong, PhD-Director, Center for Construction Research and Training​
This presentation will provide updated statistics on the trends of aging workforce, fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, and general health status among older construction workers in the U.S.
Live Event: Thursday March 28 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Glorian Sorensen, PhD-Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
This webinar will describe best practice solutions for improving and measuring employee and employer outcomes related to safety, health, and well-being, using a management systems approach shaped by employee input and participation.​
Live Event: Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Deborah McLellan, PhD, MHS-Senior Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 AM GMT+1
Barb Neis, PhD and Elise Thorburn-On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland
This webinar explores intersections between precarious employment, work-related mobility, work scheduling and family lives, related consequences, and strategies to reduce family-related impacts across diverse segments of the Canadian labour force.
Live Event: Thursday April 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT+1
Susanne S. Bruyère, PhD, CRC-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR
More details and learning objectives coming soon.

​Recorded Webinars

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Live Event: Friday January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kent Anger, PhD-Professor & Associate Director, Applied Research Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Director, Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center
Workplace Total Worker Health (TWH) intervention research was examined to determine how well the Hierarchy of Controls prioritization strategy was applied. The majority employed control tactics or methods classified as Educate.
Live Event: Friday December 7 at 11:30 AM PT, 2:30 PM ET
Christina Welter, MPH, DrPH, Dr. Lorraine Conroy, MS, ScD, and Tessa Bonney, MPH- University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
The Center for Healthy Work will share the evidence-based development of the Healthy Work Collaborative, a capacity-building process connecting intersectoral partners to address policy, systems, and environmental change for workers in precarious jobs.
Live Event: November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Linda Sharp, PhD-Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​
This webinar will discuss the experiences of work participation after cancer in people who are self-employed – an area which has largely been neglected in research.
Live Event: Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Bronson Du, MSc and Marcus Yung, PhD-Washington University School of Medicine and Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)
In construction, exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) is common in daily working life. Vibrations transmitted from the vehicle to an occupant, can be problematic if the exposure is excessive.
Live Event: Tuesday November 20, 2018 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Marc White, PhD-CEO and President, Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
In a series of reviews of systematic reviews, we identified worker, workplace and system-based factors contributing to prolonged work absence. Following this syntheses, we then identified interventions that impacted some of these risk factors.
Live Event: Thursday November 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT, 12:00 PM ET
Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management, University of Sussex Business School
Workplaces that support staff through training, clear role descriptions, reasonable work demands, and other high quality work practices are also characterized by high levels of wellbeing and better performance outcomes.
Live Event: Friday October 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Natalie Schwatka PhD and Erin Shore MPH-Assistant Professor & Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Denver
You will learn what Total Worker Health is, how we apply this framework to small businesses, and how we are helping small businesses in Colorado develop a culture of health and safety through the Small+Safe+Well Study.
Live Event: Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kent Anger, PhD-Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, A NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health®
A Total Worker Health® (TWH) intervention for construction crews comprised of computer-based training and self-monitoring, and scripted wellness education will be described.
Live Event: Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
Given the importance of the role-played by the employer in managing their employees affected by cancer, this webinar explores the factors affecting this role, using evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature.
Live Event: Thursday October 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Karen Harlos PhD and Darren Hardy-Professor, Department of Business, University of Winnipeg
With legislative changes calling for psychologically and physically safe workplaces, we describe our dual practical/regulatory and research/scientific perspective to generate evidence for improved wellbeing and worklife quality for educators.
Live Event: Friday September 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jessica MK Streit​, PhD Cand.​-Research Psychologist, NIOSH
This session is structured as a primer on the practical uses of social network analysis techniques in workplace safety and health research and programming.
Live Event: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Program Leader, Oncology - University Medical Center in Groning, NL
What is the state of ‘cancer and work’ research, and what are the necessary next steps? This question as well as ‘are we getting any closer to sustained employability of cancer survivors’ will be addressed.
Live Event: Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jack Dennerlein, PhD-Professor, Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Worksite approaches to Total Worker Health® for construction workers provide potential benefits for worker safety, health, and wellbeing. Given the dynamic nature of the industry the worksite approaches can be integrated with other efforts.
The Costs and Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining People with Mental Illness
Live Event: Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Gewurtz PhD and Krista Benes -Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
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Live Event: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
Live Event: Thursday August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Carol Cancelliere, PhD-Post-Doctoral Fellow - UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
By synthesizing evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing RTW outcomes across health conditions, the findings have implications for workers, healthcare professional, work-disability professional, supervisors, employers and insurers.
Live Event: Friday August 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Susan Peters, PhD-Research Fellow Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health​
Explore the complex factors that influence return-to-work following a work-related injury, with a focus on workers who have had work-related upper extremity injuries – from the perspective of stakeholders involved in the return-to-work process.
Live Event: Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, PhD-Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
This webinar describes the common challenges employees with arthritis face at work, and the strategies they use to maintain employment.
Live Event: Friday August 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Catherine Loughlin, PhD-Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Mobilization, Sobey School of Business Management​, Saint Mary's University
Dr. Loughlin will walk us through how to identify toxic behaviours in the workplace and discuss how leaders can take initiative to maintain healthier atmospheres for their workers.
Live Event: Thursday July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More effective management of symptoms and work place accommodations can greatly assist individuals with MS in staying in the workforce.
Live Event: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
Live Event: Thursday July 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Hear about the importance of employee health to a range of work-related outcomes beyond medical and pharmacy costs. These broader outcomes – absence, job performance, work disability – connect to operational outcomes.
Live Event: Thursday June 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Alison Collins, PhD-Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
As employees, we sometimes go into work despite not feeling well, known as sickness presenteeism. But what are the consequences of sickness presenteeism on our health and wellbeing?
Live Event: Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
June 2018
Eleonor Fransson, PhD-Associate Professor School of Health and Welfare, ​ Jönköping University, Sweden
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke and what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
Live Event: Friday June 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
June 2018
Mark Bryan PhD​ -Reader in Economics, University of Sheffield
People who lose their jobs lose their incomes. But what are the broader effects of unemployment on the wellbeing of individuals and their families?
Live Event: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2018
Nancy Carnide PhD-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow , Institute for Work & Health
The use of opioids for low back pain is a controversial practice and their impact on work-related outcomes should be an important consideration.
Live Event: Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
May 2018
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation
This webinar will focus on what workers, employers and claims payers can do to help increase the accuracy and helpfulness of physician guidance in the SAW/RTW process.
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May 2018
​Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​
Work place risk management of musculoskeletal disorders need to change. A substantial evidence base supports the role of psychosocial and physical hazards in the development of MSDs but this has not translated into practice.
Live Event:
April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
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March 2018
Ewan B Macdonald, MD-Professor & Head of the Healthy Working Lives Group Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
While ill health is a common cause of worklessness it is also the case that worklessness contributes to ill health and this seminar will explore the consequences of worklessness for health and wellbeing.
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