Workforce wellness: Symposium sheds light on COVID-19

Workforce wellness: Symposium sheds light on COVID-19

JUNE 2022

The annual National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium was held May 5, 2022 and co-sponsored by two School of Public Health centers – the Midwest Center for Occupational  Health and Safety (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).  The 2022 theme was The Changing Nature of Work: Impacts of COVID-19 on our Health Care Workforce.  119 participants attended the online symposium. Attendees shared that some of the most valuable features of the symposium included:

  • Learning about “strategies that have and haven’t worked for treating and preventing burnout”
  • “Hearing the great student and researcher presentations…diverse and interesting.”
  • Gaining “a better understanding of the field of public health”


The symposium began with video presentations from students and partners from MCOHS and UMASH on a number of research and outreach projects.  This was an opportunity to showcase the work taking place within the school, share results and additional plans by the students.  The videos are available on the YouTube playlist of recordings.

Given that COVID-19 has been circulating since 2020, the healthcare workforce has been constantly on the leading edge working with patients, families, other health care professionals and more. 

Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, M.D., M.H.P.E. who is the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Chief Well-being Officer; Professor of Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine was the featured keynote speaker.

She was followed by three panelists, all of which shared their insights into worker wellbeing and recommendations going forward. 

Dr. Casey Clements MD, PhD  Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Josh Gramling PhD, MPH, BSN  Director of Occupational Health, Wellness and Jail Health Services, Hennepin Healthcare

Myra DW West PsyD  Clinical Psychologist, Human Resources Director of Organization Trauma & Resilience, Marshfield WI Clinic Health System

A Strategic Approach to Assessing and Leveraging Resources

Cassie Edlund, CHES

Assessment of Chemotherapy Drugs in Occupational Settings

Andrew Floeder, PhD Candidate

From the Experts: Contextual Factors in Agricultural Health and Safety

Suness Hall, MPH Candidate

Reducing Veterinarian Exposures to Surgical Smoke During Electrocautery

Shiori Arai, DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA

Carriage of Antimicrobial Resistant Flora and Enteric Pathogens Among Veterinary Professionals 

Kelli Maddock, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

The Effects of COVID-19 on Law Enforcement

Teddy Nam, PhD, MPH

For more information on the NORA Symposium, reach out to one of our centers umash@umn.edu or mcohs@umn.edu