ACOEM Reports on New Framework for Evaluating Workers’ Wellness

 

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American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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Since 1994, William D. Jones, MD, has provided occupational and preventive care in Oklahoma City, OK. The secretary and treasurer of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, William D. Jones, MD, of OK belongs to the organization’s national counterpart, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported on a new framework for evaluating the overall well-being of workers. Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the framework examines the work and personal life factors that create a holistic understanding of the aspects that contribute to employees’ well-being. In addition, it assesses the effects of workers’ subjective experiences and observable aspects of the external environment.

The framework covers five distinct domains:

1. Physical environment and workplace safety climate.
2. Company policies, programs, and practices that may affect workers’ wellness.
3. Contributing factors to workers’ mental and physical health status.
4. Workplace evaluation and experiences that influence the quality of work life.
5. Home, community, and society as influential factors outside of the workplace.

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ACOEM Publishes New Research on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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A graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, William D. Jones, MD, oversees his private practice in Oklahoma City, OK. In an effort to better serve his OK patients, William D. Jones, MD, continues his education and training as a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

The ACOEM has supported the advancement of worker health care for more than 100 years. With a focus on preventive medicine, ACOEM aids its membership by offering a number of educational opportunities, including its annual conference each spring and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

In the June issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a new paper revealed that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects more than 40 percent of commercial drivers. Of that total, roughly the majority measured as mild cases, but about 12 percent fell into the moderate to severe categories of OSA.

Medical researchers used sleep laboratories for their testing, and the data came from 16 separate studies. The findings laid the ground for future research, as the implications of this body of work hint toward potential correlations between OSA and driving accidents, comorbidities, and occupational disabilities.

ACOEM Releases New Online Integrated Health Course

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Based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, is a physician who has maintained a private practice specializing in occupational therapy and preventive treatments for more than two decades. Alongside his day-to-day practice in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

In partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, ACOEM has launched a new online curriculum that will help companies seamlessly incorporate health and safety education into their everyday operations, with the goal of improving worker productivity while investing in their overall wellness. The program, entitled, “Fundamentals of Integrated Health and Safety,” contains seven different online modules that incorporate innovative research and practical steps to implement health and safety initiatives.

This comprehensive resource provides a procedural blueprint consisting of guidance in key areas such as data collection, how to effectively manage an overall employee population’s health, development of specific teams, and other topics. Individuals who successfully finish all the modules will receive a certificate of recognition from the UIC School of Public Health.