What's work got to do with it? Podcast

What's work got to do with it? Workplace safety, health and well-being podcast

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is excited to announce the launch of a new workplace safety, health and well-being podcast, "What's Work Got to Do With It?" Our podcast is available on Soundcloud.

There are several ways to listen:

Podcast Goals:

  • Inform community on how work can affect safety, health, and well-being
  • Discuss public health significance of occupational health
  • Make science accessible for all through sharing of basic and applied science

Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives at work? It’s no wonder that our work experiences can affect our well-being. But do we know how? How do work hours affect your health? How can your workplace culture help you stay safe on the job? Is your supervisor supportive when you need to take time off to care for a loved one? How can you bring Total Worker Health® into your workplace?

Our podcast will invite you into the conversation as we discuss questions like these. We’ll dig into some of the science behind the biological impact of our environment, how conditions like work hours, occupational stress and workplace safety affect our health, and what we can do to prevent negative consequences and promote well-being. The podcast team, Helen Schuckers, Anjali Rameshbabu and Sam Greenspan will invite guest speakers from the institute, OHSU and the community. 

We want to hear from you on workplace issues and topics that you would like us to discuss on our podcast. Have questions? Want to be a guest? Email us at  to join the conversation.

Intro: Introduction

Intro Episode: What's Work Got To Do With It?
For our first episode, we invited our Outreach Director, Dede Montgomery to talk about our institute and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. In this episode, you will learn about our research, education and outreach efforts, as well as Total Worker Health®.

Listen to episode 1

Download and view the show transcript for episode 1

Parental Leave

What's Work Got To Do With Parental Leave?

It's springtime and you know what that means? Babies! Sorry if that was too personal! But it’s kind of a personal episode. Have you ever had to take time off as a new parent? Or to care for an older family member? Did your workplace have a family or medical leave policy that allows you to take time off to care for a child or family member? Did you use all your time or have to use sick leave? Was there policy for new mothers AND fathers? To dig into these issues and concerns, we’ll be talking to Dr. David Hurtado, Dr. Julia Goodman and Dr. Dawn Richardson about their recent evaluation of a Parental Leave Policy that was recently implemented for all Multnomah County employees. 


What's Work Got To Do With Sitting? 

Are you in a workplace where you sit a lot? Maybe you're hunched over your computer right now? How often do you get up and move around? We know that getting exercise every day is important, but can we reduce how much we sit on the job? We went to one of our researchers, Dr. Saurabh Thosar for some answers.

Listen to the sitting episode

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What's Work Got To Do With Sleep? 

Have you ever gone to work after a bad night sleep? How productive were you at work that day? Did it make you eat any differently? Drink more coffee, maybe? Do you work the night shift? How does it affect you at work and outside of it? Sure, sleep happens at home but doesn't your work affect it? We went to one of our researchers, Dr. Andrew McHill who studies sleep and circadian misalignment for some answers. 

Listen to the sleep episode

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Total Worker Health®

What's Work Got To Do With Total Worker Health®? 

Total Worker Health® is a workplace approach that addresses both occupational safety and health and employee well-being in one holistic integrated effort. Our guest, Dr. Casey Chosewood, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Chosewood will talk about the importance of organizational support on worker safety, health and well-being, and how your workplace can take the first step towards Total Worker Health.

Listen to the Total Worker Health® episode 

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Previous Episodes

What's Work Got To Do With the Cascadia Subduction Zone?

Have you ever thought about emergency preparedness at work? What happens if an earthquake hits in the middle of your workday? This podcast episode highlights one of our speakers from the institute's 2018 Fall Symposia on Emergency PreparednessSteven Eberlein is the Corporate Resilience Director at Tipping Point LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in earthquakes that helps create cultures of preparedness. Steve previously worked for the American Red Cross for nine years. In 2016, he created Prepare Out Loud, a presentation focused on challenging the Pacific Northwest on creating a culture of preparedness for the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

Watch Steven Eberlein's talk at our 2018 Fall Symposia 

What's Work Got To Do With Epigenetics? 

You’ve probably heard many times that work, diet, sleep and stress can impact your health. But do you know how and why? And...what's work got to do with it? We went to one of our researchers at our institute, Dr. Mitch Turker who studies epigenetics for some answers. 

Listen to the epigenetics episode

Download and view the show transcript for Episode Two


Our podcast team was interviewed on Tuesday, Sept. 18th by OHSU Week in anticipation for the upcoming launch. Listen to the featured episode, "Creating a healthy workforce" to learn more about What's Work Got To Do With It? and to hear from our Director, Steven Shea.