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AIHA APS Virtual Fall (2021) Technical Session

  • November 04, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online


  • For individuals with limited budgets (e.g. students, unemployed, underemployed)

Effective Leadership and the Promotion of Total Worker Health


  • Keynote: Search Inside Yourself.

Designed and tested at Google, the SIY program teaches mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration and effective leadership.

 The interactive keynote includes:

  • The neuroscience supporting mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
  • The role of attention training in enhancing focus and developing empathy.
  • Foundational exercises to focus attention, calm the mind and enhance connection and compassion.

  • Preventing Stress and Promoting Worker Well-Being through a Total Worker Health® Approach

More than ever, workers are facing high pressure on the job, working long hours, and constantly connected to work. As modern working conditions change, how does this impact worker well-being? More than 60% of U.S. Americans report that work is a significant source of stress; around 20% often to always experience work-family conflict, and 40% often to always feel burned out. Chronic exposure to occupational stress without attention to reducing the sources of stress at work can have significant consequences for workers’ health, job performance, and well-being - which in turn adversely affects organizations through presenteeism, increased healthcare costs, and turnover. A Total Worker Health approach highlights organizational, integrated interventions that can help advance worker safety, health, and well-being. Incorporating healthy work design and utilizing principles of Total Worker Health can improve organizational climate, benefit worker well-being, and society as a whole.

  • AIHA Grand Challenges for Worker Health, Safety, and Well-Being:  Project Launch
Many organizations and professions have developed Grand Challenges with goals such as advancing science, solving major medical or health issues, or building a more just society.  To our knowledge, Grand Challenges have not been developed for worker health, safety, or well-being.  The purpose of this project is to develop the AIHA Grand Challenges for Worker Health, Safety, or Well-Being.  This presentation will describe the basic criteria for Grand Challenges, the progress made to date, and invite attendees to participate in the project. 



Bryan Burns has spent his career in entrepreneurial organizations and started his own consulting company in 2005. As an athlete he learned some mindfulness practices and has had a meditation practice for nearly 20 years. He also practices Ashtanga yoga and loves paddling his SUP board when he's not with his young family. He is accredited in the Bar-on EQi, a measure of emotional intelligence.

Chia-Chia Chang, MBA, MPH is coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development for the Office of Total Worker Health (TWH) at NIOSH/CDC. She collaborates with partners to share research and promising practices for advancing worker well-being and led the development of the NIOSH Worker Well-being Questionnaire (WellBQ). Chang’s previous work in the NIOSH Office of the Director including leading enrollment and outreach for the World Trade Center Health Program and serving as assistant portfolio coordinator for the Emergency Preparedness and Response program. Prior to joining NIOSH, she worked on disability policy at the Social Security Administration. Ms. Chang is advancing worker safety, health, and well-being through the creation of strong networks of collaborators committed to implementing comprehensive Total Worker Health approaches. Ms. Chang will also be presenting with Jeannie A.S. Nigam, MS.

Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA has served as a US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) industrial hygiene compliance officer and as a professor of environmental science at the University of Oklahoma. Deborah is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, recently earned the Certificate in Total Worker Health® from the Colorado School of Public Health, and served as AIHA President (2017 – 2018). She was the 2007 recipient of AIHA’s Smyth Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and contributed to the improvement of the public’s welfare.


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