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Center for Social Epidemiology celebrated its 25th Anniversary

The Center for Social Epidemiology celebrated its 25th Anniversary this past May 17th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Over 90 of the Center’s family, friends and colleagues were in attendance. Susan Holcomb and Sherry Schnall were honored individually for their unique contributions to the CSE over the years. Dr. Paul Landsbergis was honored for his many contributions to the field of work and health.

Music by Joseph Zimmerman and friends kicked off the evening followed by uproariously funny comedy provided by Allan Havey. These were followed by nostalgic and informative presentations about the history and future directions of the CSE given by Peter Schnall, Marnie Dobson and Paul Landsbergis. The evening came to a close with additional music from Joe, (tango) dancing and further merriment. 

Attached here are Peter and Marnie’s talks from the evening. Click the post link in order to see our photo gallery. To those of  you who attended, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support. For those of you who were not able to make it, we hope the attached will give you a greater sense of the evening. You were missed!


CSE 25th Anniversary Party

Please join us in celebrating the 
Center for Social Epidemiology’s 25th Anniversary

May 17, 2013
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel

CSE 25th Anniversary Party

The 31st International Congress on Occupational Health – Seoul, Korea, May 31 – June 5, 2015

ICOH 2015

The 31st International Congress on Occupational Health

May 31-June 5, 2015

COEX Convention Center, Seoul, Korea



The International Congress of Occupational Health is the largest international event held every three years where specialists in the hygiene, nursing and ergonomics from the government, academia and labor industries gather together to promote the occupational health across the world.

The motto of the 30th ICOH Congress was ‘Occupational Health for All: From Research to Practice’, where experts in the occupational medicine, hygiene, nursing and ergonomics from the government, academia and the business gather together.

Around 1,700 experts in the occupational health participated in the congress and there were ten key-note speeches and 30 semi key-note speeches. The number of special session hosted was 119 with 65 speeches and 528 poster speeches.

KOSHA hosted 4 special sessions including special session on the culture of prevention during the congress, in which international organizations and related associations such as International Labor Organization(ILO), International Society Security Association(ISSA) and German Social Accident Insurance(DGUV) gave presentations on activities and strategies on the culture of prevention through implementing the Seoul Declaration. The participants also discussed ways to promote the Culture of prevention and share information. Around 100 specialists in the occupational health industry participated in the special session.

1st International Congress and 4th Forum of the Americas – Bogota, Colombia, October 17-20, 2012

October 17 – 20

Universidad de los Andes

Bogota, Colombia

Website: http://cifa2012.uniandes.edu.co/index.php/evento

After 7 years of work around psychosocial factors, stress and mental health at work, the Network of Researchers on Psychosocial Factors at Work (RIFAPT) has decided to coordinate efforts once more with the Iberoamerican Network of Psychosocial Occupational Risks (RIPSOL), in order to collect and enhance the experience and reflection on the knowledge gained on this complex issue. In both networks involving various Latin American countries and since 2007 been promoting and developing research initiatives and training about psychosocial health at work.

With the organization and experience of three previous forums has been possible to advance the discussion, analysis and identification of the scope and limitations of this field we face. That is why today RIFAPT RIPSOL AC and are able to convene the 1st International Congress and 4. Forum of the Americas, whose main objective is to analyze, in the context of globalization, the challenges theoretical, methodological and intervention that we face going forward and the weight to the crises of capital has over labor, the definition public policy and health.From this perspective will be relevant to identify the challenges for addressing psychosocial factors at the same time, close gaps between theory, research and intervention.

APHA Annual Meeting – San Francisco, CA October 27-31, 2012

140th Annual Meeting & Exposition 
San Francisco, CA October 27-31, 2012

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA’s meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. APHA has a world of public health in store for you.

2012 APHA Annual Meeting
The APHA Annual Meeting will be held at the Moscone Center and a nearby hotel property. Registration, exhibit hall, opening general session and a large number of sessions will be at the Moscone Center (747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103).

Submit an abstract for the 9th Annual APHA Film Festival: SUBMIT NOW!

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions – Los Angeles, CA November 3-7, 2012


Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA United States

November 3-7, 2012
AHA Scientific Sessions 2012
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
Location: Los Angeles, California
Website: www.scientificsessions.org

ICOH 2012 venue moved to Cancun, Mexico

Based on the concerns of several ICOH members and travel advices issued by some Government Institutions regarding security issues in the Monterrey area in Mexico, and in consideration of the analysis made by the ICOH Officers and the National Organizing Committee, ICOH Board decided during the meeting held on February 2, 2011 in Milan, to move the congress venue to the city of Cancun, Mexico.

The dates and the scientific program will remain the same. All the relevant information are online on ICOH 2012 Congress website.

30th International Congress on Occupational Health

Occupational Health for All: From Research to Practice (visit website)

March 18 – 23, 2012

Cancun, Mexico

The 6th ICOH International Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases – Tokyo, Japan, March 27-30, 2013

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

The ICOH Scientific Committee of Cardiology in Occupational Health has great pleasure in inviting you to attend the 6th ICOH International Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases, which will be held on 27-30 March 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. The Conference will follow the previous and highly successful International ICOH Conferences on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases which were held in Cracow in 2009, Newport Beach in 2005, Dusseldorf in 2002, Tel Aviv 1998 and Copenhagen in 1994. The Conference will be an excellent opportunity for exchange of scientific evidence and good practices by occupational physicians, cardiologists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, sociologists, psychologists and policy makers in occupational health. I do hope that you will join us for this important Conference.

I am also pleased to inform you that the conference website



APA NIOSH Work, Stress, and Health Conference – Los Angeles, CA, May 16-19, 2013

About the Conference

Work, Stress, and Health 2013: Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health™ will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites on May 16-19, 2013, with preconference workshops and opening events on May 16. This conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

The Work, Stress, and Health Conference series addresses the changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety, and well-being of workers. The Conference covers numerous topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners, and researchers, such as work and family issues; new forms of work organization; changing worker demographics; best practices for preventing stress and improving the health of workers and their organizations (see complete list of conference topics below). Expert presentations and informal meetings with leading scientists and practitioners will provide an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments in occupational health psychology.

This year the conference will give special attention to the concept of Total Worker Health™. Total Worker Health™ is an expression, coined by NIOSH, that describes a new approach to safeguarding the health and safety of workers. This novel approach acknowledges that a) both work-related factors and factors beyond the workplace contribute jointly to many health and safety problems confronting today’s workers, and b) control of these problems is best achieved by comprehensive workplace health and safety programs that address both sets of factors in a coordinated fashion. Traditionally, workplace programs to address worker health and safety have been compartmentalized into health promotion programs that deal mainly with lifestyle factors that place workers at risk, and health protection activities to reduce worker exposures to risk factors arising in the work environment. However, there is growing appreciation and evidence that workplace interventions that integrate health protection and health promotion programs are more effective than traditional, fragmented programs.

To learn more about the concept of Total Worker Health™, refer to the following sources:

NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program Website

Recent guidance statement on health protection and health promotion by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (PDF, 112KB)

Reports commissioned by NIOSH on integrating health protection and health promotion programs in the workplace (PDF, 349KB)

Policy and Practice Working Group: Examining the Value of Integrating Occupational Health and Safety and Health Promotion Programs in the Workplace (PDF, 333KB) 

The Economics of Integrating Injury and Illness Prevention and Health Promotion Programs (PDF, 346KB)

We invite researchers, business and organizational representatives, labor leaders, and medical and social science professionals with interests in occupational safety and health to submit proposals for poster presentations, papers, roundtable discussions and symposia that address any of the conference topics. However, in keeping with our conference theme of Total Worker Health™, we are especially interested in receiving proposals pertaining to the following subjects: 

  • The effects of integrated health protection and health promotion interventions, including both health/safety and organizational (e.g., economic, productivity) outcomes

  • The joint contribution of occupational and non-occupational factors to health and safety problems facing workers today (e.g., stress and mental health, obesity) 

  • Strategies and best practices for implementing and evaluating integrated or holistic prevention programs 

  • Merits, challenges, future directions, etc., relating to integrated prevention strategies 

  • Training needs to advance research and practice relating to Total Worker Health™

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