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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