Virtual 2020 Fall Symposium

sunset and farm fields Social determinants of Health 2020 Fall Symposia

We are almost one month away from our virtual 2020 Fall Symposium on Friday, November 13 from 7:45 AM to 3:45 PM PT. The symposium will be covering the topic, “Worker Health: Work as a Social Determinant of Health.”

Sponsored by the InstituteOregon Healthy Workforce Center, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and PSU Occupational Health Psychology Program, this Fall Symposium will aim to understand the root causes of social determinants of health through the lens of the opportunities and conditions of work that shape our everyday lives. Highlighting the issue of work as a social determinant of health will lead to understanding ways of changing population health through our employment institutions. This will ultimately lead to improved health and well-being of workers and their families, especially those who are marginalized, in low-income households, and less advantaged due to other social determinants of health.

To register or for more information, visit our Symposia page. The cost of the virtual event is $20. Our speaker line-up includes:

Keynote – Work as a social determinant of health: Challenges and opportunities
Rada K. Dagher, Ph.D, MPH, Scientific Program Director at National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Obesity in America: Focusing on psychosocial stress as a risk factor
Adolfo Cuevas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Community Health, Tufts University

Leadership and mental health in the time of COVID: Lessons learned from multinational data
Jennifer K Dimoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Affiliate Faculty of PSU

Trust in the work environment and cardiovascular disease risk: Findings from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
Toni Alterman, PhD, Senior Research Epidemiologist, CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Trends in working conditions, health, and socioeconomic health inequalities, and interventions to reduce socioeconomic health inequities
Paul A. Landsbergis, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY)-Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health

Work can be bad for your health
Paul Spector, PhD, Emeritus Professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, and the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF)

Essentially forgotten?
Reyna Lopez (she/her), Executive Director at PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union

Work as a social determinant of maternal and child health
Julia M. Goodman, PhD, Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

We will be offering Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for this event. Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is recognized by SHRM to offer PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 5.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. The SHRM Activity ID will be issued during the virtual event.  To learn more about SHRM recertification, visit For more information about this event’s PDCs or if you require a certificate of completion for continuing education purposes, please email For example, a certificate of completion can be produced for other CE needs.