2021 NORA Symposium

2021 NORA Online Symposium

April 22, 2021

With concern about virus variants, yet the hope of vaccination, what messages should we be providing to employers and their workers? What steps are needed to prepare for workers to return to work in-person?

Join Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), to understand the latest developments of the pandemic and explore options for protecting the workforce. Following his talk, a panel of experts representing workers from agriculture, health care and retail trade industries will discuss measures to keep employees safe in light of health inequities.

Availability is limited. Please register in advance.

Thursday, April 22

12:00pm – 3:00pm Central

The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.


Virtual poster session on occupational health and safety research by MCOHS- and UMASH-sponsored students and partners.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Michael Osterholm

Panelist Presentation and Q&A


  • Define the potential risks for contracting COVID-19 among employees returning to in-person work.
  • Identify ways to decrease transmission of COVID-19 across a range of work environments.
  • Describe challenges relative to COVID-19 among low-resource worker populations.


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Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Infectious Disease
Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences,
University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.


The NORA Symposium was co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).