Society for Total Worker Health™ members are at the forefront of applying the Total Worker Health (TWH) approach to advance worker well-being. This peer learning series will elevate evidence-based practices and highlight professionals who are actively applying the TWH approach within their organizations and workforce. The goal is to provide a forum for peer-to-peer learning. Each event focuses on a specific industry or topic related to TWH. After this meeting, you will be able to:
- Describe evidence-based strategies to applying the TWH approach in the healthcare industry
- Describe how one hospital has applied the TWH approach
This is not a passive learning experience. The format is built for all participants to engage in the discussion together after the brief presentations to learn from each other and guest speakers invited from industry and the TWH community.
Moderator: Natalie Schwatka, PhD
Dr. Natalie Schwatka’s primary research focus is on the how the working environment – business strategies, leadership practices, and organizational climate – can be used to protect and promote workers’ health, safety, and well-being, called a Total Worker Heath® (TWH) approach. She is interested in intervention, dissemination, and implementation research. Dr. Schwatka is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health where she teaches TWH courses. She is the Director of the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) Certificate in TWH program. She also serves as the Research Core Director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment's TWH Center of Excellence where she directs the TWH Pilot Project Program.
Subject Matter Expert: Rosandra Daywalker, MD
Rosandra “Røs” Daywalker, MD is a physician completing a combined PhD in Environmental & Occupational Health and residency in Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. The first Total Worker Health® track doctoral student in the nation, Dr. Daywalker was granted a competitive traineeship by the CDC NIOSH through the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Daywalker is currently coordinating research regarding the effects of COVID-19 on patient care gaps and healthcare worker well-being, in collaboration with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. – the federally designated primary care association for the state of Texas. She attended medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine, an institution recognized for its social mission and commitment to health equity. As a medical student, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the only national medical honor society in the world. Dr. Daywalker’s global experience includes having led medical professionals in a community health program in Haiti, as well as humanitarian medical and educational service in Vietnam. As a recipient of the AAO-HNS Resident Leadership Grant, Nathan Sostrin Unbeatable Mind Scholarship, and University of Texas Medical Branch Quality Improvement Research Award, Dr. Daywalker is dedicated to improving population well-being through collaboration. Her vision is to use her expertise in medicine, research, coaching, and leadership to continue to drive innovations in wellness, health promotion, leadership development, and organizational/community transformation.
Industry Representative: Marisha Burden, MD
Marisha Burden, MD, FACP, SFHM is the Division Head of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Burden completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and her residency at the University of Colorado in the hospitalist training track. Dr. Burden’s interests include building a thriving workforce and building clinical staffing models that support the workforce to do their best work. She has led numerous clinical innovations including building novel clinical service lines and building large scale surge plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. She also devotes considerable time and effort to mentoring, faculty advancement, and educational efforts. She is the co-lead for the Hospital Medicine ReEngineering Network (HOMERuN) Research Network Workforce Planning Group, principal investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study “Discharge in the AM: A Randomized Control Trial of Physician Rounding Styles to Improve Hospital Flow” and received a Total Worker Health Pilot Grant to study hospitalist work.