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Effective Workplaces Webinar Series


These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for researchers to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic and episodic health challenges (e.g. muscle and joint disorders, chronic pain, mental health, respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes, etc.) stay at work and 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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For professionals seeking Certificates of Attendance for accreditation please register on our professional learning portal​ and view the catalogue of recorded webinars. By viewing the recorded webinars on this learning platform you can request a Certificate of Attendance for an administrative fee of $15.  Professionals Members of WWDPI using the professional learning platform receive Certificates of Attendance at no charge.  We welcome your membership​. ​​

We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. For our Effective Workplaces webinars we would like to thank Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work who participate in program planning. We would also like to thank the Government of British Columbia for their annual support.

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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI memberships and donations. 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.

Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Thursday November 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT, 12:00 PM ET
Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Organisational 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: 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: 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​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Tuesday December 4, 2018 8:00 AM PT, 11:00 AM ET
Margot Joosen, PhD-Senior Researcher, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
Live Event: Friday January 11, 2018 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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.
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: Tuesday February 12, 2018 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
More details and learning objectives coming soon.

​Recorded Webinars
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.
Live Event:
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.
Live Event:
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.
Live Event:
March 2018
Paul A. Farnan MD-Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia
North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment.
Live Event: February 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
February 2018
Glorian Sorensen, PhD-Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
This presentation will describe an approach to protecting and promoting worker safety and health through improvements in the conditions of work, including the physical work environment as well as the organization of work.
Live Event: DATE CHANGE - Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
February 2018
Marloes Vooijs, PhD (cand.)-Coronel Instituut voor Arbeid en Gezondheid - Coronel Institute of Occupational Health (K0-109)
Marloes Vooijs, researcher at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health in Amsterdam, presents her research focusing on the perspectives of people with a chronic disease regarding their role in work participation.
Live Event: Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Cristina M. Caperchione, PhD and Joan L. Bottorff, PhD-Professors, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
This presentation will describe men’s preferences for workplace health promotion programs and the effectiveness of tailored approaches.
Live Event: Thursday, February 8 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
February 2018
Ellen MacEachen, PhD-Associate Professor / Associate Director, Graduate Research Programs, University of Waterloo
This presentation will provide a qualitative researcher’s lens on three main challenges found when researchers and stakeholders measure RTW.
Live Event: Friday January 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
January 2018
JianLi Wang, PhD-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
There are many strategies for reducing the burden of workplace depression. The BroMatters project is a national project, aiming to identify and evaluate solution for early prevention of depression in men.
Live Event: Thursday January 25, 2018 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
January 2018
Sara Saunders​, PhD-Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Occupational Therapy Program with McGill University
This webinar will explore the meaningfulness of work for people living with long-term work disability and chronic pain, and the role meaning plays in return to work effort.
Live Event: Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
January 2018
Kevin Daniels PhD CPsychol FBPsS-Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Norwich Business School
The webinar summarizes research on workplace social environments and discuss activities to improve wellbeing through improving the social environments at work.
Live Event: Thursday December 7, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
December 2017
Anne Foreman, PhD-Associate Service Fellow Health Effects Laboratory Division National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Dogs can be a welcome addition to the work environment, but careful consideration should precede their introduction.
Live Event: Thursday, November 23, 2017, 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
November 2017
Cherisse L. Seaton, PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD-University of British Columbia
This webinar describes a new workplace mental wellness program for men (“HEADS Up”), based on a systematic review of the literature and recommendations from working men and workplace representatives.
Live Event: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
November 2017
Lynn E. Shaw, PhD, OT(Reg)NS-Professor and Director and Assistant Dean Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
An overview of the importance of collaboration among stakeholders in RTW will start this session. The primary focus will be on what is known in the literature about employers and supervisors needs in the hiring and retention of persons with disabilties
Live Event: Wednesday October 25, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM EDT
October 2017
Dwayne Van Eerd PhD and ​Ron Saunders PhD-Scientist, Institute for Work & Health​
This presentation will describe a comprehensive approach to KTE that targets worker health and safety.
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