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Have you experienced an injury preventing you from being at work?

Every year, millions of American workers experience an injury or illness that puts them at risk of leaving the workforce1. When someone leaves the labor force due to an injury or illness, it can be detrimental for the worker, for their families, for employers and for the economy. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that the cost to the U.S. economy for work-related and non-work related injuries was $501 billion in 20152.

When an employee leaves the labor force because of an injury or illness, it can have adverse effects on their health, finances and quality of life. With early action and coordination, an injured worker can reengage in their daily work routine, regain their sense of purpose and social connections, retain valuable skills, and stabilize their financial situation. Being at work often plays a role in the recovery process3, where a gradual resumption of normal job responsibilities can help you to build activity tolerance and personal confidence.

What is the RETAIN-CT project?

The Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, in partnership with the Employment & Training Administration and the Social Security Administration. The CT Department of Labor and UConn Health Center have developed this program to evaluate whether the assistance of the RETAIN-CT Work Navigator team helps improve health and reduce future work absence or disability for workers with musculoskeletal pain or injury.

Workers 18-65 years old, currently employed or self-employed and experiencing low back pain, hand pain, neck pain, injury or any other musculoskeletal condition that may limit the ability to work normally or return to work may qualify for the program.

What can I expect if I participate?

Participation requests volunteers to:

- Enroll and complete a 5 minute survey

- Agree to work with a RETAIN-CT Work Navigator if randomly selected (2-4 hours).

- Complete 3 follow-up surveys over the next 6 months.

Compensation (up to $200) is available if eligible and enrolled in the program.

For more information:

Call UConn Health Center at 860-679-6389 or email retainct_tcc@uchc.edu or karen.quesnel@ct.gov.

1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistic. Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities, Available online at https://www.bls.gov/iif/.
2 National Safety Council. 2017, “Injury Facts, 2017 Edition” Itasca, IL.
3 Office of Disability Employment Policy, “Return to Work Toolkit for Employers and Employees” https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep


 

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