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IWH News

July 2021

IWH set to launch telementoring project on occupational medicine for health professionals

Frontline health-care providers play an important role in helping people return to work following a work-related injury or illness. But family doctors and other frontline practitioners may lack familiarity with the workers’ compensation system and return-to-work processes. A new telementoring project is being launched in Ontario to address this skills gap. Project ECHO on Occupational and Environmental Medicine, to be hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), will launch in the fall. It will be the first such project on occupational medicine, using the innovative hub-and-spoke mentoring model called ECHO—short for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes—that’s now used around the world.

Read about this project

Unemployment benefits linked to lower mortality rates over 10 years: IWH study

We know that being out of work puts people at risk of short- and long-term health consequences—including higher death rates. A new IWH study looks at whether—and how much—having income support during unemployment can lessen the negative impact.

Read about the study

Five things we think OHS practitioners should know: findings from recent IWH research

Five of our most practical research findings from the past year for professionals in occupational health and safety (OHS) are all together in one handout. The 2021 edition of 5 Things We Think You Should Know is now available. Please download and share.

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What Research Can Do: A look back and forward at COVID-19 research from IWH

As vaccination rates pick up steam across the country, there’s a real sense we are climbing out and emerging into a new normal. It’s with this sense of hope that we look back at our research strategy during the pandemic and consider what it will look like going forward. We also take a look at the findings to come.

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Mustard post-doc fellow named an IWH associate scientist

Congratulations to Dr. Faraz Vahid Shahidi, who has been appointed an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Shahidi, a PhD in social and behavioural health sciences from the University of Toronto and an MPhil in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, recently completed the Mustard post-doctoral fellowship in work and health at the Institute.

Find out more on his bio page

World Congress 2021: last chance to sign up with early bird prices

Time’s running out to enjoy early bird discounts when you register for the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. Your registration provides 24/7 access to all sessions on the World Congress virtual platform. This includes live networking, broadcasts, and discussions across time zones. All content on the platform will also be available to attendees for 30 days after the September 20-23, 2021, event.

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For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Director of Communications
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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