1st International Symposium to Advance TOTAL WORKER HEALTH™



The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), together with over 14 prestigious partners is excited to announce the 1st International Symposium to Advance TOTAL WORKER HEALTH™. Building upon successful past meetings of the 2004 NIOSH Steps to a Healthier US Workforce Conference and the 2007 NIOSH WorkLife National Symposium, this meeting seeks to advance the tenets of Total Worker Health (TWH).


Join more than 500 scientists and practitioners from around the world who are dedicated to both protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers in exploring the developing research, practices, programs and policies using a coordinated approach that integrates health protection and health promotion. Learn the state of the science and practice from over 100 leading experts on topics such as recent trends in demographics, employment conditions, worker safety, injury, and illness as they relate to the health and well-being of workers; strategies to prevent chronic disease addressed through work organization factors; measurement and analysis of the economic value of integrating a culture worker safety and health with organizational sustainability; frameworks for developing, implementing and evaluating TWH  interventions across industries; tactics for gaining leadership support for workplace health initiatives; future directions of worker well-being; solutions for providing effective and coordinated workplace health and safety resources for small businesses; health and wellness challenges of transportation workers; ideas for addressing tobacco cessation in small manufacturing businesses; impacts of healthy leadership and supervision on organizational health and productivity; principles for enhancing employee engagement and….so much more.


Here are some of the meeting’s highlights!


  • Be inspired to make an impact by attending the Opening Session with renowned national and international leaders and three Plenary Sessions that explore new frontiers in worker health, safety, and well-being
  • Learn from leading experts in over thirty-six 75-minute, scientific and practice sessions demonstrating current research and workplace approaches that aim to integrate health protection and health promotion
  • Take part in the 40+ poster session describing novel research and best practices on safeguarding and promoting worker health
  • Build on your professional development with world-class, state of the art strategies and implementation tools for creating enhanced cultures of safety and health in the Pre and Post Conference Workshops
  • Expand your network of peers, connect, and exchange ideas and innovative solutions, and develop collaborations with multidisciplinary professionals from across the globe on similar workplace safety and health challenges
  • Provide invaluable input that will help shape the very first research agenda for the Nation on integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion in two town hall forums.
  • Share your input on the future development of a TOTAL WORKER HEALTH Workforce
  • Experience a conference that enables to you to act on your own health and well-being throughout with opportunities to be physically active and eat nutritious meals on the beautiful NIH campus
  • Stay connected with us before, during, and after the Symposium via Twitter using #TWH2014
  • Extend your conference experience and learn proven and promising practices for a healthier workforce from throughout the Federal spectrum at Healthier Federal Workers 2014 Conference held October 8-10 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center


When:  October 6 – 8, 2014


Who:  This meeting will bring together a vibrant, well-informed community of scientists and practitioners dedicated to advancing the science and practice for protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers including:


  • Scientists and practitioners and professionals in workplace health, safety, human resources, risk management, health promotion
  • Occupational health physicians, nurses and mid-level providers
  • EAP, mental health and substance abuse prevention professionals
  • Disability, EEO, reasonable accommodations, diversity and conflict management professionals
  • All Work/Life professionals and staff members
  • Public health, population health and related professionals
  • Health and fitness specialists, health coaches and counselors
  • Security and preparedness professionals
  • Project officers and contracting/procurement specialists with health, safety and well-being portfolios
  • All persons with responsibilities related to the safety, well-being and health of workers


TWH2014_NatcherCenterWhere: Just minutes from downtown Washington, DC at the Natcher Conference Center on the beautiful and historic campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.


Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
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Here’s the tentative agenda!  Check back often for updates and additional speaker confirmations and bios.



Important Dates:
September 5, 2014: Early Bird Registration Deadline


This event is being presented by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Office for Total Worker Health Coordination and Research Support, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 14 other prestigious partners, including the NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce.


Continuing education for this activity is pending. See final announcement for details.