Rethinking Health Promotion in the Workplace: Engaging Employees the Total Worker Health® Way


Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD, MS, MSc

Center Manager, Research Associate, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

Helen J. Schuckers, MPH

Dissemination Specialist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

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Helping employees achieve wellbeing goes beyond addressing lifestyle behaviors, especially when they work long hours, experience job stress, or juggle busy work and home lives. We present Total Worker Health, an evidence-based approach to address significant yet under-represented determinants of health behaviors like work-life balance, organizational culture, and leadership behaviors. Join us as we talk about Total Worker Health (TWH) and share resources from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Brainstorm with fellow attendees as we engage you in strategizing practical first steps for getting Total Worker Health off the ground and spark ideas for applying this effective approach within your own organization. Learn how to positively impact your lifestyle, workplace safety, health, and well-being by sharing Total Worker Health with your colleagues.

Presenter Bio(s):

Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD is a health and social psychologist. Her work is driven by a passion for empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle and ensure a healthful future. Anjali is Center Manager at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, where she co-ordinates administrative activities, provides research support to project teams, and helps to facilitate cohesiveness within the overall Center. As an advocate of moving research to practice, she serves as Multiple Principal Investigator of the Outreach Core, where she helps disseminate the Center’s evidence-based resources within organizations and develops educational opportunities for students and the worker community. She co-produces “What’s Work Got to Do With It” a podcast series geared toward sharing the public health relevance of workplace factors that impact our work and home lives. With her focus on scientifically grounded and practical approaches for sustainable health behavior change, Anjali’s research has involved designing and testing a self-regulation intervention for custodial workers in the United States, examining shift work and sleep concerns among call center employees in India, exploring HPV and cervical cancer prevention among women in Malawi, and evaluating education-based interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake in low-income populations in the United States. Anjali has a PhD in Health & Social Psychology, MS in Health Psychology, MSc Psychology (Clinical), and BA in Journalism, English Literature, and Psychology.

Helen Schuckers, MPH is the Dissemination Specialist for Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU. Her role is to translate research into practice, where she is the link between scientists and potential adopters of workplace safety, health and well-being toolkits and tools. She actively engages in community outreach and speaking engagements with human resources and wellness professionals around Oregon and beyond, to expand efforts in improving the health and well-being of workers. A key focus of her work is to evaluate and report intervention dissemination effectiveness and success that can help scientists improve future intervention design. She enjoys helping workplaces improve safety, health, and well-being through environmental and organizational, as well as through effective communication and sustainable methods. She is the producer of “What’s Work Got to Do With It”, a podcast series that shares the latest research on occupational health, informs the community on how work can impact health and well-being, and discusses the public health significance of occupational health. She received a Master in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. During her MPH program, she provided support on a study that examined effects of smartphone intervention through a new “app” to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity among breast cancer survivors. Additionally, Helen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Communications. Helen has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of advertising, marketing, and business development.