Center for Work & Health (CWH)


Established in 2013, the Center for Work and Health at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations aims to bring together researchers within

SMLR, across Rutgers and beyond who conduct work on any and all topics related to the intersection of work and health. These topics include work organization, human resource management and labor relations in healthcare organizations; the impact of the aforementioned on organizational performance; workforce development for the health care sector, public policy concerning health insurance and access to healthcare (including health insurance as an employment-based benefit); and the impact of work on workers’ physical and mental health. The Center sponsors seminars and conferences and is involved in outreach to practitioners, especially healthcare employers and labor organizations and policy makers.     

Call for Papers 

"Consequences of Change in Healthcare for Organizations, Workers, and Patients"

This call invites papers for a conference and subsequent special issue of Work & Occupations devoted to the consequences of change in healthcare for organizations, workers, and patients. Accepted papers will be invited to the conference, sponsored by the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, to be held at Rutgers on January 9-11, 2019. 

After the conference, a subset of authors will be asked to submit their papers to Work & Occupations, with the expectation that their papers will be published in a special issue once they pass the external review process. Papers that reviewers deem of good quality that are not selected for the special issue will be considered for publication in a regular issue of Work & Occupations. If you have any questions, please email



SMLR Professor Charles Heckscher gives
the keynote presentation during CWH's
STS Annual Roundtable.


  • Creating the Infrastructure on Nurses' Work: Professional Organizations Role in Developing the Professional Nurse Workforce - October 18, 2016
    Jean Whelan, Ph.D., RN, from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, described and discussed the role played by professional nurse organizations and other groups in developing the structure and conventions of nurses' work in the early twentieth century. 

    Dr. Adrienne Eaton, SMLR 
    Dean and Co-Director of the
    Center for Work and Health, addresses
    the intersection of work and health.

  • Study on Collaborative Relations at Mass General - December 15, 2015
    Professor Charles Heckscher and Hao Gong, Ph.D. student
  • "Speaking Out" in Residential Care - March 24, 2015
    Diane Burns, Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK, discussed the mistreatment of vulnerable people while in hospital or living in residential care. She examined the forces that inhibit staff and residents from "speaking out" about poor care.
  • Take This Job and Change It with Susan Dentzer - March 14, 2014
    Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former on-air health correspondent for the PBS News Hour, was the keynote speaker at the Employment Relations in Healthcare Conference held on March 14-15, 2014. Dentzer spoke about work and employment relations in the U.S. health care system. She stressed the need for better health care at lower costs, nurses who are willing to work in hospitals, and the reduction of premature deaths before age 50.
  • Staffing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Comparison of the United States and Italy - October 7, 2014
    Dr. Jeannette Rogowski, professor of health economics at Rutgers, discussed her examination of staffing and practice environments in a broad sample of NICUs in the U.S. and Italy, based on primary data collection. The implications for patient outcomes for infants with very low birth weights was explored. 

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    Adrienne Eaton
    Associate Professor and Dean

    Rebecca Givan
    Associate Professor

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