The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is responding to a mental health and substance abuse problem that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic. These emergencies require a concerted effort between health organizations and employers.
In response to the dramatic increase in drug abuse, mental health needs, and drug-related deaths among workers in the United States, CHWE has received federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to establish and establish a Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. The project works with partners and employers to train businesses, guiding them in creating workplaces that support employees who are struggling with well-known behaviors including drug use and alcoholism.
“There are concerns about the impact of the epidemic on the rise of psychiatric disorders and drug abuse,” said Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH, assistant professor at ColoradoSPH, CHWE’s lead program director for broadcasting and project management. “We know that for workers who were at high risk for psychological and behavioral problems, isolation has only increased the risk of drug overdose. We have seen increased risks such as sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.”
CHWE will reunite with its former counterpart, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, to help co-workers in Colorado tackle these behavioral challenges. The project will focus on reaching out to more high-risk employers in high-risk industries including construction and agriculture as well as rural and rural areas of Colorado.
The state legislature is providing $ 450 million from ARPA to improve health care systems in Colorado, which will increase access to drug and drug rehabilitation services. “With so much funding to support and improve medical care, we must also focus on improving health care services,” said José Esquibel, chief of the Consortium, it helps them to continue their recovery, including the support of a friendly workplace. ”
To help businesses, Consortium is partnering with John Narine, author of Leading Workplace Addiction, to develop the Colorado Recovery-Friendly Workplace Toolkit. The project will provide co-workers with best practices for creating a work environment with a leadership culture that supports employees who are struggling with alcoholism, improving productivity, and promoting a successful business.
As part of the new development, CHWE will be showcasing its outreach program, Health Links ™, to reach out and engage fellow employers who are interested in helping employees struggling with behavioral problems. Tenney and his team will provide a Workplace Mental Health Module designed to help organizations see what they are striving to improve in policies and practices that create a positive workplace culture. Tenney and members of the Center are keen to discuss the program in detail with those who want it.
On September 8, 2022, the project re-launched the Recovery Friendly Workplace Peer Learning Series – a four-part series for Colorado business leaders with a diverse range of learning and peer-to-peer discussions. Participants will represent a select group of business leaders from various industries and professionals. Interested business leaders are welcome to choose themselves or others on this list.
“The purpose of this curriculum is to bring together business leaders together to learn and share how principles and a good recovery program work,” Tenney said. “We look forward to learning how public health can best help employers and employees in the field. We know that employers recognize its importance. This will be the first opportunity for Colorado business professionals to step up and work together.”
This is supported by the funds provided to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 12, 2021.. Another grant from the Grant or Cooperative Alliance Number, U19OH011227, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the Center for Health, Work & Environment
The Center for Health, Work & Environment is a learning center within the Colorado School of Public Health. The Center is one of the 10 Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® and is home to the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), one of 18 centers of its kind sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Center team works with teachers, students, and community members to improve employee health, safety, and well-being. The Center is committed to the development of education, research, and testing programs that address the problems of racial and environmental inequality and the injustices experienced by workers. To address the future of work, we want to ensure that the workplace is healthy and safe for all. The Center’s headquarters are located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.
About Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is a support group for the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, located at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Center monitors Colorado state’s response to drug abuse such as opioids, stimulants, and stimulants. The Center’s goal is to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in Colorado by formulating policies, programs, and partnerships with government agencies, professional organizations, nonprofits, and civil society organizations that address one of Colorado’s major health problems.
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