Winding down: COVID Conversations

We appreciate our partners and supporters who have joined in on our COVID Conversations. We began these in February, partnering with the Oregon State Association of Occupational Health Nurses, in recognition of the ever-changing nature of work during the pandemic. Occupational safety and health professionals, industrial hygienists, occupational health nurses and occupational health researchers have joined us in these informal discussions about lessons learned, challenges, and successes during the pandemic in various workplaces. Although we expect the pandemic, and life after it, to continue to change the way we approach workplace safety, we knew that June would be the time for us to wind up this series. We too have appreciated the informal and often spontaneous discussions, in contrast to prepared virtual lectures, and imagine we will continue to use this format in future events.

Please register for an join us for our two (no-cost) remaining COVID Conversations:

Tues., June 8, 2021: COVID Convo #9: Always an Afterthought.
Nargess Shadbeh, JD, Director of Farmworker Program, Oregon Law Center
Steven Hecker, Safety and Health Researcher/Educator (register now)
Hosted by Dede Montgomery

Tues., June 22, 2021: COVID Convo #10: What about High Tech?
Georgia Latham, MS, RN, CCM, LNC, COHN-s, Occupational Health Resources Manager, North America, ON Semiconductor (register now)
Hosted by Kate Wood

You can also watch all eight previously recorded COVID Conversations on our YouTube Channel.

We thank Lisa Kinsley, Human Resources, McMenamins, for participating in our most recent Conversation. All of us at the Institute and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center appreciate the challenges those in the restaurant and hospitality industry have faced during the pandemic, including the ever-changing required workplace protections. To those of us involved in Total Worker Health research, outreach and education, it has become clearer than ever that the pandemic has been a key example of why policies, programs, and practices supporting Total Worker Health concepts are crucial to support and retain our workforce.

Watch COVID Conversation #8: Public Facing Workplaces: What About Restaurants?