Presentation Title

Health and Media Literacy:  Necessary Tools for the Occupational Health Professional

About the Presentation

Low health literacy is associated with poor health outcomes including frequent emergency department visits, more hospitalizations with longer stays, and higher mortality (death) rates.  Indirect costs to the employer include low productivity, presenteeism, absenteeism, and increased workers’ compensation claims.  In addition to traditional means of communication, information about health and safety are increasingly found on the Internet.  Securing the future for occupational health professionals requires an understanding of the virtual world.  Discussion will focus on goals to achieve health and media literacy, and discovering tools available to the occupational health professional to utilize within the work setting for wellness, health, and safety.


Ann Marie Loiseau, DNP, RN, CSN, CCM, Director of Services, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates         

Presenter Biography

Ann Marie Loiseau is the director of services at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates and has been with the practice since 1994. Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Bloomsburg University, Mater’s of Science from the University of Scranton, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from DeSales University.  She is a registered nurse and is certified by the Commission for Case Mangers and Pennsylvania Department of Education as an Educational Specialist I School Nurse (PK – 12) and Instructional I Elementary Teacher (K-6).   Ann Marie volunteers her time at a local free clinic and serves on numerous committees including the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee, Workplace Health & Safety Journal Editorial Review Board, Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Pennsylvania State Nursing Association (continuing education reviewers), and Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses (nominating committee).  She serves as Adjunct Instructor for Bloomsburg University and DeSales University. Ann Marie was recently awarded the Dorothy Saller Outstanding Occupational Health Nurse Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses. 






Kim Olszewski DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, Mid-State Occupational Health Services Inc.

Presenter Biography

Kimberly Olszewski is an ANCC board certified adult nurse practitioner and is a certified occupational health nurse specialist and case manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses.  In 2007, she received her fellowship distinction from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  Kim currently serves on the AAOHN Board of Directors, and is past president of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses of Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  She has presented at the local, state, regional, and national levels of the association of the past 10 years on various topics, including DOT certification, Marketing OHN’s, Social Medial Integration, and diagnostic updates.  Additionally, Kim recently co-authored a two part continuing education article in Workplace Health & Safety entitled: A Comprehensive Review of the Health People 20202 Occupational Safety and Health Objectives: Part 2.  Tools for the Occupational Health Nurse in Goal Attainment and also Obstructive Sleep Apnea Among Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers:  Using Evidence-Based Practice to Identify Risk Factors.  Additionally, she co-authored a chapter on Information Management through Innovative Technology for Fundamentals in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum, 4th edition.  Kim is vice president and nurse practitioner at Mid-State Occupational Health Services Inc. and is the nurse practitioner program director & associate professor in the Bloomsburg University MSN program.