Who are we?

The Society for Total Worker Health, founded in 2022 as a 501c3 (application pending), unites members with a shared passion: advancing worker health, safety, and well-being.

The Center for Health, Work & Environment serves as the fiscal and program partner for the Society, supported by a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health® Cooperative Agreement U19OH011227, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


The issues facing today’s workers and workplaces require a new approach. We must bring together people from across disciplines to address complex challenges through shared learning and collective problem solving.

The field of Total Worker Health (TWH) is growing, increasing the need for a place to convene people who want to help shape the future of TWH. Inspired by NIOSH more than a decade ago, the field of TWH is growing, increasing the potential to improve the well-being of more workers around the globe. This Society, independent from the constraints of its government roots, can boldly innovate, can offer promising strategies for advancing this new discipline, and can convene and inspire people who want to help shape the future of TWH.

Mission & Vision

  • To serve as a hub, a community, for sharing new and innovative ideas to expand Total Worker Health® research, training, education, dissemination, and real-world solutions.
  • A place for professionals and students to engage across all disciplines.

Thank you to our Steering Committee

  • Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH | Professor, Emeritus, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Adele M. Childress, MS, PhD, MSPH | Senior Scientist, Office for TWH at NIOSH
  • L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH | Director, Office for TWH at NIOSH
  • Christopher J. L. Cunningham, PhD | UC Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD | Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, and Associate Director of the Center for Work, Health, and Well-being, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • John Dony | Vice President, Workplace Strategy, National Safety Council
  • Kathryn L Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM | Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, FAIHA | Past-President, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Lee S. Newman, MD, MA | Distinguished Professor, Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center
  • Steven L. Sauter | Consultant to the NIOSH TWH Program, Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International, Inc., Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College
  • Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH | Associate Director for Outreach and Practice, Center for Health Work & Environment, Senior Instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health

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Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Participation by the Center for Health, Work & Environment does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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