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U-POWER holds seminars 1-2 times monthly that are accessible virtually via Zoom to build relationships among U-POWER investigators, partners, and stakeholders, engage new people with U-POWER activities, provide professional development related to team science, transdisciplinary research, community-based participatory research, and grant writing and reviewing and exchange new knowledge related to TWH and work equity. 

A variety of activities are included in the seminar series to appeal to individuals across our community of practice, including journal clubs, oral presentations, peer review of work under development, and workshops. To RSVP or request additional information, please contact


September 2022: Public and Occupational Health. In this month's journal club on September 29 at 4:00 pm MST, join us for a discussion of The Role of Labor Unions in Creating Working Conditions that Promote Public Health by Hagedorn et al. (2016) and an exploration of how researchers and practitioners both can promote public health through worker advocacy and collective bargaining. We'll also discuss the state of unionization in America and Utah today, contemporary unionization movements at companies such as Apple, Starbucks, and Google, and what steps we can all take to promote worker, family, and community health. 

October 2022: Sexism, Structures, and Systems at Work (Pt I). October and November's Seminar Series will be a two-part exploration of health inequity, worker health, and gender. This month on October 27 at 4:00 pm MST, we'll host an overview and discussion of Patricia Homan's article Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender SystemHoman's article explores how sexism exists at multiple levels within society, the links between sexism and health disparities, and how we can apply this perspective to future research and advocacy. 

November 2022: Sexism, Structures, and Systems at Work (Pt II). On November 17 at 4:00 pm MST, we'll take a closer look at how seism affects both men and women in the workplace. Our discussion will be focused on Factors affecting workforce participation and healthy worker biases in U.S. women and men by Johnson et al. (2017) and will explore the cultural and societal forces that keep women out of the workplace and affect men's health.

December 2022: Unpacking Power and Positionality. We'll finish off 2022's Seminar Series on December 8 (4:00 pm MST) with a workshop on understanding positionality, or "the social and political context that creates your identity in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability status." This workshop will lead participants through understanding positionality and how it affects their understanding of and outlook on the world and will offer strategies for using positionality as a way to lower barriers to research and practice with communities outside one's own.  


August 2022: Solutions for a Changing World: Reduction of Hazardous Exposures in Small Businesses through a Community Health Worker Intervention. Join us on August 18 at 4:00 pm MST for a presentation from Dr. Paloma Beamer on her work with community health workers (promotoras) to help relieve the burden of occupational disease among small businesses.

June 2022: Vagueness, Power, and Public Health.We tend to use the word ‘vulnerable’ to mean that someone can be easily harmed and should be protected. In public health, vulnerable refers to populations who are “at a greater risk for poor health status and healthcare access, experience significant disparities in life expectancy, access to and use of healthcare services, morbidity, and mortality.” Join us on June 23 at 4:00 pm MST for discussion of Katz et al.’s paper Vagueness, power, and public health: use of ‘vulnerable’ in public health literature. We will also discuss how different populations have been characterized as vulnerable, the impact that naming has on research and care, and what next steps we should take.