Many of you joined our COVID Conversations live, or watched the recordings later. Between February and June of this year, we created ten conversations between industrial hygienists, safety and health professionals and occupational health nurses about the challenges and lessons learned during the pandemic. In a few of the sessions we also engaged others with backgrounds in human resources, mental health and law, generating over 5 hours of content. We had hoped by now things would be easier for workplaces, and perhaps in some respects they are, although the challenges for reducing infections remains high.
As a final nod to some of the valuable nuggets shared by our respected and appreciated colleagues and partners, we have crafted a Best of COVID Conversations video, now available for viewing on our Oregon Healthy Workplace Center YouTube page, and also embedded below. As I share this, I want to thank those who so kindly offered to be recorded and help us learn about what has been true for their industry, and including: Joel Michels (City of Portland); Emily Cooper and Sophie Butigan (Portland VA); Kim Henry (SAIF); June Vining (Trauma Intervention Programs NW); Cliff Butler (Sherwin Williams/Purdy); Dave McNiel (Foster Farms); Kyle DeHart (City of Portland Parks & Rec); Lisa Kinsley (McMenamins); Steven Hecker (independent) and Nargess Shadbeh (Oregon Law Center); and Georgia Latham (previously ON Semiconductor). Finally, this idea would never have made it to fruition without the collaboration of Kate Wood of the Oregon State Association of Occupational Health Nurses.