CPH-NEW: Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace

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The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) is a Total Worker Health® Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Total Worker Health is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. 

CPH-NEW conducts research studies to evaluate the health benefits, obstacles and cost effectiveness of workplace programs that integrate occupational health and safety with other measures to enhance worker well-being. Our studies examine musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health outcomes; the underlying role of work organization; and the importance of worker involvement in program design and implementation. We offer research-based program tools and guidance to employers, unions, health professionals and policy makers to promote a worker-centered approach to safety and well-being. 

CPH-NEW is a joint interdisciplinary initiative of the UConn Health, University of Connecticut Storrs, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The key academic units are the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UConn Health, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the Department of Psychological Sciences and Neag School of Education at University of Connecticut Storrs. 

William Shaw, Ph.D. (UCHC) and Laura Punnett, Sc.D. (UMass Lowell) are the co-directors of CPH-NEW. 

CPH-NEW Center website https://www.uml.edu/research/cph-new/ 

General email contact cphnew@uml.edu