NIH is recognized around the world for its commitment to improving human health. The agency also cares about the well-being of its employees and others are noticing. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health and part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently named NIH a Total Worker Health Affiliate. To achieve this recognition, an organization must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to protect and promote worker safety, health and well-being.
Many familiar activities and collaborative efforts helped NIH achieve the honor, including Safety, Health and Wellness Day, Bike to Work Day, Take a Hike Day, the Institute Relay, the Wellness@NIH web site and newsletters sponsored by the NIH Health and Wellness Council, SafetyCast in a Minute videos, NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, Spring into Wellness campaign and the Employee Assistance Program.
It doesn’t stop with what NIH has already achieved. To maintain a leadership role in the federal sector and retain affiliate status, NIH must continue promoting injury and illness prevention; conduct regular employee safety, health and wellness training; and sponsor educational forums and other outreach and employee engagement initiatives disseminating Total Worker Health research and findings.
Thanks to efforts by the Office of Research Services’ Amenities and Transportation Services and Occupational Health and Safety Divisions in supporting a holistic approach to employee health and working with NIOSH, NIH secured this designation.
Sailing Association Open House, Mar. 8
The NIH Sailing Association will hold an open house on Thursday, Mar. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Learn to sail and discover opportunities with NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA.
A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine—$2 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit www.nihsail.org/.
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NIH To Host Rare Disease Day Event, Twitter Chat
Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million Americans. On Mar. 1, NIH will host an event to raise awareness about these disorders, the people they affect and current research collaborations.
Sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, posters, exhibits and tours of the Clinical Center. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans.
Learn more about Rare Disease Day at NIH at https://ncats.nih.gov/rdd. Visit https://events-support.com/events/NIH_Rare_Disease_Day to register and view the agenda. Be sure to follow the event on social media at #RDDNIH.
Prior to the event, NIH is hosting a Twitter chat on rare diseases on Friday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. The chat will feature NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NCATS director Dr. Christopher Austin as well as representatives from the rare diseases advocacy community. Join in the conversation via #NIHChat.