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Team investigating perceptions of new L&I program

What happens when a bakery employee hurts his ankle while lifting a 50-pound bag of flour? In some cases, he might miss a week or two of work. But in the case of “Jerry,” he shifts to a job that allows him to stay at work, off his ankle, and decorate cakes until he’s healthy enough to go back to his regular position.

“Jerry” is a character in a new Washington State Department of Labor and Industries TV spot. The ad promotes the agency’s new Stay at Work program, which pays employers up to half of an injured worker’s base wages. In exchange, the employee … » More …

Doctoral student examines barriers to fitness after birth for military moms

By Doug Nadvornick

New mothers who serve as active duty military members share many of the same issues as new mothers in civilian life. But there is one difference: within a certain time period after giving birth – usually six months — military mothers are required to take fitness tests. Those who don’t pass the tests face negative consequences, such as unsatisfactory job evaluations or even discharge from the service.

The burden of having to take a fitness test causes plenty of stress for some new moms, says Nicole Armitage, a PhD student in the WSU College of Nursing. Armitage recently received a grant from … » More …

Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health in Rural Low-Income Families

Public Health Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health Outcomes in Rural Low-Income Families

Recent study published in American Journal of Health finds nursing interventions
increase adoption of precautionary environmental improvements

Spokane, WA – The financial cost of environmental disease in U.S. children was recently estimated at more than $75 billion per year. However, parents know that the real costs of environmental disease are much more than financial; they come from seeing a child suffer from asthma, cancer, or renal disease. Preventing diseases like childhood asthma or cancer often require parents to know about risks in their home and how to take action … » More …

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