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Research Project

UIC Center for Healthy Work

Principal Investigator
Almberg, Kirsten Staggs
Research Area(s)
Community Engagement
Workplace Health
Funding Source
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) U19OH011232


The UIC Center for Healthy Work is a research and education center established in 2016 to advance the health and well being of workers in Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the nation. Our center is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The Center's mission is to remove barriers that impact the health of low wage workers in the increasingly contingent workforce. We aim to identify and promote employment programs, practices, and policies that will improve worker and community health locally, across the state, and throughout the nation. To that end we collaborate with community groups, non-profit organizations, employers, and professionals to support jobs that:

  • Pay a living wage
  • Include affordable health insurance
  • Are free from workplace hazards
  • Offer opportunities for advancement
  • Are free from illegal discrimination
  • Include benefits such as paid sick leave, paid vacation, and retirement savings