This poster presents activities by the NIOSH Surveillance Program during the latest public health emergency. Multiple contributions and activities are discussed.
As part of the American Rescue Plan, CDC/NIOSH received funding to deliver a national education and awareness campaign for the nation?s health employers and nearly 20 million workers in the healthcare sector, as well as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and public health workers. The goal of this initiative is to protect and improve the mental health and emotional well-being of the nation?s health workers through prevention, awareness, and intervention.
This presentation will describe the five main objectives of this new initiative, which are to: 1) Spotlight the personal, social, and economic burden of poor mental health outcomes; 2) Develop a repository of best practices, resources, and interventions; 3) Inspire, amplify, and support partnership efforts; 4) Improve data, screening tools, trainings, resources, and policies for sustainable change; and 5) Conduct a national, multi-dimensional social marketing campaign.
Lauren M Menger-Ogle, PhD, NIOSH; Sarah Hughes, MPH, NIOSH; Donna Pfirman, AAS, NIOSH; Paul Schulte, PhD, NIOSH
The TWU program collaborates with partners to identify relevant research and to help disseminate research findings and translate them into practice. The program publishes research in scientific journals and translates findings into materials that can be used by a variety of partners and stakeholders to improve the safety, health, and well-being of TWU workers. Products include scientific journal articles, fact sheets, blogs, infographics, and social media messages.
A Design Team from the Connecticut Correctional Supervisors? Council collaborating with research staff from UConn Health utilized the Healthy Workplace Participatory Process to develop a Healthy Eating intervention for their workforce. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the training occurred virtually and pre- and post-surveys, created by the team were used to measure the efficacy of the training. Results showed that the training helped raise awareness of unhealthy eating behaviors. Finding can help play a role in future interventions in corrections.
The purpose of this presentation is to compare the effectiveness of two participatory design teams of frontline correctional employees; a facility based team vs a multi-site based team. Both design teams, were trained and utilized the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program to implement health, safety and well-being interventions for their workforce. The teams will be compared through researcher process surveys and notes, and pre-post surveys of the workforce developed by each team to measure the effectiveness of their interventions.
In order to understand how workplace accommodations and supports impact the health and wellbeing of workers with disabilities in the US, Canada, and three Scandinavian countries, we used a crowd sourcing website to collect survey information from workers with disabilities across a variety of occupations. Disability acceptance and disability social rejection were consistently associated with organizational accommodation and treatment of workers with disabilities. COVID-19 demands and stressors were associated with increased burnout, job dissatisfaction, and stress. There were differences in how respondents perceived accommodation and treatment based on their country.
A Design Team (DT) of correctional staff met bi-weekly to develop interventions addressing the mental health stressors of correctional staff. Using the Intervention Design and Analyses Scorecard (IDEAS), the DT designed three interventions: Peer support program, report writing training and a family support program. Because of COVID-19, an online approach was adapted for meetings and intervention implementation. Implementation of interventions are currently undergoing and will be reported during the presentation.
This study explores how the stressful environment of working in a prison, particularly in regard to the need to manage emotions (emotional labor), and personal resources (in the form of personal sense of coherence) affect occupational burnout. Using data from a sample of 169 correctional staff members who participated in an ongoing study of health and well-being among staff at state correctional facilities, we examine whether work-based emotional labor is related to the emotional exhaustion component of burnout, and whether personal sense of coherence (SOC) has a protective effect by buffering the impact of emotional labor on burnout-exhaustion.
This study uses past participatory data in order to investigate how the mental health, and specifically depressive symptoms, of corrections workers is impacted by perceived workplace discrimination (PWD) from peers, superiors, and inmates. Due to the changing sociodemographic makeup of the corrections workforce and its paramilitary structure, this project will then discuss how belonging to a minority group within the field of corrections (ie. women and people of color) or being less tenured on the job moderates the relationship between PWD and depressive symptoms. This study found a significant positive association between PWD and depressive symptoms and that for those who had less job tenure, there was a stronger relationship between PWD and depressive symptoms. As diversity continues to increase in corrections, these findings can be used to develop interventions to reduce mental health disparities experienced by this population and illustrates a need for more programs that target less tenured employees.