Work, Stress, and Health 2006
Making a Difference in the Workplace

The American Psychological Association (APA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the U.S. Department of Labor convened the sixth international conference on occupational stress and health. The conference, Work, Stress and Health 2006: Making a Difference in the Workplace, was held at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel, Miami, Fla., on Mar. 2–4, 2006, with Continuing Education Workshops on Mar. 1, 2006.

The overall theme of the 2006 conference, "Making a Difference in the Workplace" was highlighted by expert presentations, panel discussions, and informal get-togethers, with leading scientists and practitioners providing an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments on the translation of research into practice and workplace programs, polices, practices, case experiences and other efforts to prevent stress in today's workplace.

The Work, Stress and Health conference series is designed to address the constantly changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers. Numerous topics of interest to industry, employees and researchers are covered in the series including:

  • workplace restructuring,
  • long hours of work,
  • work and family,
  • workplace violence,
  • workforce diversity,
  • the aging workforce,
  • cardiovascular disease and work,
  • disability management,
  • mass disaster and terrorism,
  • best practices, and
  • stress prevention programs.

The conference included researchers, business and organizational representatives, labor leaders, industry representatives, and medical and psychological practitioners from all disciplines who are involved in research and/or practice in areas related to work, stress, health, and the organization of work, who attended poster presentations, paper panel sessions, symposia and workshops on new research findings, policy, and prevention/intervention programs that addressed the major themes of the conference.