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Celebrating the Success of the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

Three years in the making

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Written by Laura Veith on October 27, 2022

This October, the Center for Health, Work & Environment proudly co-hosted the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Symposium was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda, MD, and virtually.

The four-day conference brought together students, industry professionals, researchers, and academics from diverse backgrounds and workplaces, united in their pursuit of improving health, safety and well-being for the global workforce.

A total of 456 people attended representing 18 countries and 41 U.S. states, participating in pre-conference workshops, keynote presentations, breakout presentations, and networking. There was a palpable excitement among attendees to connect, collaborate, and convene.

Standout keynotes

key stats from the TWH symposiumThe Symposium hosted a diverse group of keynotes from the public and private sector all speaking to the event's theme, shaping work and and in the future, unique to their expertise.

Keynotes featured:

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, Director of NIOSH and Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Appointed Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Director
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human
Douglas L. Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health 
Saru Jayarmen, President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley
Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health 
Karina Neilsen, PhD, Institute of Work Psychology at the Sheffield University Management School


Along with chairing the planning committee, members of our center were honored to be awarded by NIOSH on the final day of the conference. Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH, Director of Outreach and Programs, and Cortney Cuff, MBA, Senior Program Manager, Training and Community, each received Total Worker Health® Star Partner Awards for their contributions to the field.

Lili Tenney receiving award Cortney Cuff receiving award

The full list of award winners are:

Total Worker Health® Star Partner Awardees:

Cortney Cuff, MBA
Liz Hill, MPH, CIH, CSP
Sara Tamers, PhD
Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH

Total Worker Health® Founder's Awardees:

Adele Childress, PhD, MPH

Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Laura Punnett, ScD
Steven Sauter, PhD
Glorian Sorensen, PhD

Our team was also foundational in launching the Society for Total Worker Health™ which held it inaugural meeting at the Symposium. We look forward to the future impacts this symposium’s content and attendees will have on TWH education, research, and practice, and we eagerly await the 4th Symposium.

To view more recaps and responses to the event, follow #TWHSymposium on Twitter and LinkedIn.