COEH webinars take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30am PST.  All webinars are approximately one hour in duration.


The goal of the COEH webinar series is to raise awareness about current issues of health and safety at work and to share updates on the latest research in occupational and environmental health within the community.

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Archived Webinar ($30) available for CE Credit until May 3, 2018. Please register for CE Credit to obtain the link to this recording.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 10:30am to 11:30am

Title: Health and Employment: Macro Context  and Micro Initiatives

Speakers: Cristina Banks, PhD and Ed Yelin, PhD


What are employment and workforce trends regarding Americans with disabilities? What is the newest thinking about how to build worker sustainability in response to these trends?


This webinar presentation will provide you with the latest information. The presentation makes it clear that allowing workplace practices and disability policies to continue will prove to be deleterious to the American economy. To counter these trends, organizations can establish new workplace and management practices that slow or reverse these trends by putting in place environmental and organizational changes that enhance and grow worker capabilities, thus ending the cycle of worker depletion and replacement.



On completion of this webinar participants will be able to:


  • To describe current employment and workforce trends regarding disabled persons.
  • To know and understand why current employment and workplace practices create unsustainable workforces.
  • To identify factors that can be built into the physical and psychological work environment that will have positive effects on worker health, productivity, well-being and ultimately workforce sustainability.



Cristina Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces.  She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she has taught graduate and undergraduates for 31 years.  Previously she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas School of Business. She also serves as a Managing Director for the Berkeley Research Group, a global expert consulting firm.  She has 38 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms, Terranova Consulting LLC and Lamorinda Consulting LLC, both of which focused on key organizational strategy including job analysis, performance management, organizational design, and legal compliance. She is a nationally recognized testifying witness in wage & hour class action lawsuits and has testified in over 75 cases. She has also served as a Board Director for two publicly-held companies, Whole Foods and Chalone Wine Group.  Dr. Banks is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and of the American Psychological Association.  She was awarded the APA Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice.


Edward Yelin has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1980, with joint appointments in the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Medicine (Division of Rheumatology).  His research has focused on the impact of working conditions on the employment prospects of persons with disabilities, on the effect of changes in the structure of the labor market for such persons, and on the social and economic impacts of disability.  In addition, he has led a research group in the Department of Medicine at UCSF focused on the determinants of outcomes for persons with severe autoimmune conditions, focusing on the role of changes in the health care system and on the effects of chronic poverty and membership in racial and ethnic minorities on outcomes.  Dr. Yelin’s research program has been continuously funded by NIH, AHRQ, CDC, Social Security Administration, Milbank Fund, California Wellness Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since he joined the UCSF faculty.  Dr. Yelin is the author of more than 300 publications, including Disability and the Displaced Worker about the effect of de-industrialization on employment among persons with disabilities.  He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Outstanding Scholar Award from the American College of Rheumatology (Arthritis Health Professionals Division) and is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.


2017 Webinar Schedule

Carisa Harris-Adamson,





Kent Pinkerton, PhD



Cristina Banks, PhD  and Ed Yelin, PhD

Health and Employment: Macro Context and Micro Initiatives

James Craner, MD, MPH



No Webinar Scheduled



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Industrial Hygienists: This event contains 50 minutes hours of instruction and may be eligible for ABIH credits. Please consult the ABIH website for more information.


Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hour.