Pre-event Workshops

9:30am–12:00pm

Before this year’s Celebrating Colorado’s Healthiest Places To Work event, we are excited to offer three workshops to help you enhance the health, safety, and well-being of your workplace. Check out the workshop descriptions below to learn more.


Fighting Fatigue

This workshop will provide attendees with background information on sleep and fatigue as they relate to work. Evidence-based recommendations and solutions will be provided to employers who are interested in protecting employee sleep in order to improve workplace safety, health, and performance outcomes.

Those who attend will be eligible to obtain CHES or SHRM credits.

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Tori Crain, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Dr. Crain is a graduate of Portland State University where she received her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology. Her research and applied work examines occupational stress and health, with a specific emphasis on policies and programs that can improve leadership related to sleep and fatigue in the workplace, work-nonwork stress, and wellness. Her research has been published in a number of leading academic journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Tori has worked in a variety of industries, including information technology, healthcare, construction, military, trucking, and commercial aviation; She has extensive experience implementing and evaluating organizational interventions for leaders.


Engaging and Motivating Employees

This workshop will teach attendees about drivers of employee engagement and how to build an engaging work environment by leveraging multiple sources of influence. Attendees will learn how to design customized engagement strategies that fit their organizations' needs and culture. Anyone seeking to understand what drives employee performance and how to build an engaged workforce should attend.

Those who attend will be eligible to obtain CHES or SHRM credits.

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Madison Hanscom, MS

Lead Research Analyst, Propulo Consulting

Madison Hanscom is an applied researcher with a background in safety climate, performance appraisal and management, motivation, and aging workforce issues. Madison has experience in administering client diagnostic assessments in the areas of organizational culture and safety, and she reviews research within academia for applied application. Madison holds a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University.

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Dorey Chaffee, MS

Instructor, Colorado State University

Dorey Chaffee is an applied researcher and business consultant who is passionate about helping companies and their people thrive through evidence-based, people-focused solutions. She brings a comprehensive understanding of the psychology that underlies workplace behavior, spanning all aspects of the employee life-cycle, and expertise in applied research methods, measurement, and data analytics. Dorey holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Business Management.


Health Links Data Lab

One of the most frustrating experiences for small- and medium-sized businesses that want to support the well-being and safety of their employees is not having data to inform their decision making. In this workshop, Dr. Natalie Schwatka will share research findings on the relationship between behavioral health, chronic health conditions, work-related injuries, and productivity. She will discuss what information a business can collect, analyze, and trend regardless of organization size, healthcare funding model, or industry. Participants will have the opportunity to work through several case studies to learn how to interpret and apply these data to promote health and safety.  

Those who attend will be eligible to obtain CHES or SHRM credits.

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Natalie Schwatka, PhD, AEP

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health  

Researcher, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Colorado School of Public Health

Natalie is an assistant professor at the ColoradoSPH in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health where she teaches TWH courses. She is also the co-director of the ColoradoSPH’s Certificate in TWH Program. She is a member of the ColoradoSPH’s Center for Health, Work & Environment where she co-directs a small business TWH research study called Small+Safe+Well that is funded by NIOSH. Natalie is passionate about working with community partners on applied research projects that result in improved academic and practical knowledge.