Julia Halberg, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEMHealthcare Strategist, Physician, Business Executive Adjunct Assistant ProfessorDean’s Cabinet, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Dr. Halberg has had a comprehensive career as a physician and business executive. Utilizing her experience in medicine and passion for healthcare quality improvement, she has held the position of chair for the MCOHS Advisory Council. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Halberg is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She has also served on the Dean’s Cabinet in the School of Public Health and is an Executive in Residence at the Medical Industry Leadership Institute in the Carlson School of Management.
Before her time at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Halberg worked in private practice, hospital-based health systems and with the insurers in the areas of workers’ compensation and disability management. Dr. Halberg worked for General Mills for over 16 years where she led the company’s Global Health department as its vice president and chief medical officer. Most recently, Dr. Halberg serves as the Chief Health Officer for XanthosHealth, LLC, and recently completed a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute at NIH, to build software to identify and address the social determinants of health for oncology practices, where she was the principal investigator.
Dr. Halberg has successfully served as the Chair of the Advisory Council and enjoys the role. She has gained a secure understanding of the functions and strengths of the Center and the Council. With a strong connection to the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and the corporate community, Dr. Halberg provides her career expertise to MCOHS. She is enthusiastic about the future of the Advisory Council with the new subcommittee structure and she is well-qualified to be a chair of the Core Subcommittee.
In addition to service in the MCOHS Advisory Council, Dr. Halberg has experience serving on the board of directors for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where she is also a fellow. She also served on the board of the MacPhail Center for Music and currently serves on the Way To Grow board and the Hello Heart Advisory Board.
Dr. Halberg knows that MCOHS’ strength lies in its faculty, research, and quality of students. As a member of the Core Subcommittee Dr. Halberg will lead the Advisory Council to success in completing its plans and achieving its goals.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
David S. Abrams, CIH, MSPHPresident, ARS Environmental Health, Inc.
David S. Abrams, CIH, MSPH, a practicing industrial hygienist, is the founder and president of ARS Environmental Health, Inc. He focuses on practical and pragmatic approaches to the challenges of occupational health and safety in today’s economy while providing industrial hygiene consulting services to large- and medium-sized corporations since 1997. David has also worked for Clayton Group Services (now Bureau Veritas) as Regional Manager of the Minneapolis office, The A.J. Abrams Company, 3M, and Olin Corporation.
David is an active volunteer in Health and Safety. The industry and discipline has been good to his family for two generations and he believes it is important to give back some of what he has earned. He serves on the Advisory Boards for the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety and the associated Continuing Education, and IH/HSAT programs where he also volunteers as a Mentor. David also serves on the Board of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation, where he is a Past Treasurer, and the AIHA Finance Committee. He is President of the Upper Midwest Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2011 and 1998, and a Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the ASSE. He is past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Respirator Committee and a past non-voting member of the ANSI Z88.2 Committee on Respiratory Protection.
David is an instructor in the School of Public Health Continuing Education Program and has also served as an instructor at NIOSH-funded programs for the following ERC programs: University of North Carolina; New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry; and University of Washington.
David volunteers outside of the profession on the Educational Services Advisory Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee in Hopkins Independent School District 270 and is a past member of the Citizens’ Financial Advisory Committee. He also volunteers with Nechama (Comfort) Disaster Response when his back allows and was a youth soccer coach for many years. David serves on the Board and Executive Board of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Minnesota where he is a Past Treasurer.
Amira Adawe, BS, MPHExecutive Director The Beauty Well Project
Thomas J. Albin, PhD, PE, CPEFormer Executive Director Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC)Principal, High Plains Engineering Services
PhD, Industrial Design Engineering, Technical University of Delft, 2014
MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1986
MA, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1975
BS, Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1973
My current research interests lie in the efficiency of tools used to assess the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and in the evaluation of anthropometric accommodation, especially with very limited anthropometric datasets.
I manage the Office Ergonomics Research Committee, an international research consortium of companies interested in computer work.
Physical ergonomics, industrial and office workplace risk assessment, technical standards
Selected Recent Publications
Molenbroek, J. F. M., Albin, T. J., & Vink, P. (2017). Thirty years of anthropometric changes relevant to the width and depth of transportation seating spaces, present and future. Applied Ergonomics, 65, 130-138.
Albin, T. J. (2017). Design with limited anthropometric data: A method of interpreting sums of percentiles in anthropometric design. Applied Ergonomics, 62, 19-27.
Albin, T. J., & Molenbroek, J. (2017). Stepwise estimation of accommodation in multivariate anthropometric models using percentiles and an average correlation value. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 18(1), 79-94.
Albin, T. J., & Vink, P. (2015). An empirical description of the dispersion of 5th and 95th percentiles in worldwide anthropometric data applied to estimating accommodation with unknown correlation values. Work, 52(1), 3-10.
Albin, T. J., & Vink, P. (2014). A method superior to adding percentiles when only limited anthropometric data such as percentile tables are available for design models. Applied ergonomics, 45(6), 1392-1398.
Albin, T. J. (2013). A method to improve the accuracy of pair-wise combinations of anthropometric elements when only limited data are available. Work, 45(4), 493-498.
Albin, T. J. (2012). Measuring the validity and reliability of ergonomic checklists. Work, 43(3), 381-385.
Mary Bauer, CIH, CSPCompliance Assistance Specialist Eau Claire OSHA Office
Brian R. Bent, CPCU, ARM, MSVice President and Director of Underwriting SFM Mutual Insurance Company
Mr. Bent has served with SFM Mutual Insurance Company since September of 2006 as the Vice President and Director of Underwriting and is responsible for the underwriting technical function. Mr. Bent also is responsible for: Rate, Rule and Form filings; Underwriting Regulatory Compliance; Underwriting Project Management; Loss Prevention Technical Functions; and Premium Audit as well as Environmental Resources Management (ERM) functions within the underwriting side of the operation.
Mr. Bent is a former Board Chair for the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association and former President of the Minnesota Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Chapter. Mr. Bent was elected to the Governing Board for the Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau in May of 2017.
Mr. Bent earned a BA degree from Brigham Young University in 1988 and a MS degree in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University in 1989, the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation in 1999, and CPCU in 2007.
Immediately prior to joining SFM, Mr. Bent was the Vice President of Property, Casualty and Risk Management for Associated Financial Group a regional insurance brokerage firm in the Twin Cities. He also previously served as the Underwriting Manager and Team Leader for the Montana State Fund and, prior to that, worked seven years for EBI Companies in loss prevention, underwriting and management.
Brian J. Finder, DIT, CIHProfessor, Operations and Management Department Director, M.S. Risk Control Program, NIOSH Training Project GrantUniversity of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Finder’s educational background includes a BS in Industrial Education and a MS in Safety from UW-Stout, a Doctorate of Industrial Technology from the University of Northern Iowa, and accreditation as a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. In 2003, Brian was recognized by the College of Technology, Engineering and Management for his teaching excellence and received UW-Stout’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award in August of 2010. In addition to researching the attenuation qualities of anti-vibration gloves, an experimental study of his identified that long-term/repeated cold exposure produces a semi-permanent form of peripheral nervous system impairment in meat processing workers. The results of this study were presented in March of 2006 at the 9th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Having served as the Program Director for the M.S. Risk Control program, Brian presently teaches various courses within the Operations and Management Department, including Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics, Fleet Risk Control Management, Principles of Occupational Risk Control / Safety and Field Problems in Risk Control. He also teaches a series of five courses which allows individuals to become certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and/or the Department of Transportation in order to teach traffic safety education.
Prior to joining the Risk Control Center faculty in January of 1995, Brian spent ten years as a safety and industrial hygiene technical support professional for high-tech, heavy/light manufacturing, agricultural, and food processing-related industries. He routinely provides industrial hygiene as well as safety-based consultation for various types of manufacturing and service-based organizations.
Fred Gerr, MDProfessor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, Carver College of MedicineUniversity of Iowa
Dr. Fred Gerr, MD, is professor of Occupational and Environmental Health and professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and professor of Internal Medicine (Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine) in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gerr is board certified in preventive medicine (occupational medicine) and internal medicine. Dr. Gerr serves as the occupational medicine residency training program director at the University of Iowa and was the occupational medicine residency training program director at Emory University. He is a recognized educator who was named Professor of the Year by the Student Government Association of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and was also a recipient of the University of Iowa College of Public Health Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Gerr is also a recognized expert on occupational musculoskeletal disorders and occupational neurological impairment and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Susan Hallbeck, PhD, PE, CPERobert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Health Care Systems Engineering, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery Consultant, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Department of Health Sciences ResearchProfessor and Section Head, Health Care Systems Engineering, College of Medicine; Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Susan Hallbeck, PE, CPE is the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director of Health Care Systems Engineering in the Kern Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery and faculty in Health Care Policy and Research, as well as Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is a Professor and section head of Health Care Systems Engineering in the Mayo Medical School.
She is an emerita Professor in Industrial Engineering / Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a courtesy appointment in Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. While at the University of Nebraska, she served on the NIOSH Heartland Occupational Safety and Health Center (University of Iowa) Board of Advisors from their formation in 1999 until she moved to Mayo Clinic in 2012.
Susan earned her PhD from Virginia Tech, her MS from Texas Tech on a NIOSH traineeship and her BS from Iowa State University, all in Industrial Engineering.
She served as engineering lead for the VA Engineering Resource Center at the Nebraska-Western Iowa Veterans Health Administration Medical Center. She performed research at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life and The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research in the Quality of Worklife, Ergonomics and Innovation Department.
She is on the editorial board of Applied Ergonomics and an associate editor of and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. She has over 90 archival peer-reviewed publications. She was elected Fellow in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Fall 2014.
Susan’s research focus is to improve medical device ergonomics, teamwork and health care ergonomics for provider and patient safety. She is a certified professional ergonomist and professional engineer in industrial engineering with a specialty in human factors and ergonomics. Her work is currently focused in the operating room and emergency department.
Jim Kelly, MSManager, Environmental Surveillance and Assessment Section Minnesota Department of Health
James Kelly, M.S. has over 25 years of experience with the State of Minnesota in the environmental health field, at both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). He is currently the manager of the Environmental Surveillance and Assessment Section at MDH, which: develops, maintains, and applies expert risk assessment techniques so that environmental hazards are assessed using sound science; conducts public health activities related to contaminant releases; and tracks the occurrence and characteristics of environmental health issues such as climate change.
Al KochProgram Manager North Dakota Occupational Safety and Health ConsultationBismarck State College
Tracy K. Miller, MPHState Epidemiologist North Dakota Department of HealthDivision of Disease Control
John Mulhausen, PhD, CIHFormer Manager, Industrial Hygiene Environmental Technology and Safety Services3M Corporate Offices
Nan N. PhamCEO Thanh Binh InternationalHealth and Beauty Advocate
Ms. Nan N. Pham is an entrepreneur and community organizer with over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and has served as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. She actively works towards safer practices in beauty salons to ensure health protection for salon workers. She’s also a current member of the MA Healthy Cosmetology Committee and the Vietnamese Health Collaborative. Ms. Pham is currently working with the City of Minneapolis on the Healthy Nail Salon Initiative to promote healthier and safer working environment for nail salon workers. She has worked on many research projects for the prevention of hazardous chemical exposures and health issues. She was on the Board of Director for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnamese-American Chamber of Commerce.
Richard A. Pollock, CSPPresident, Rivendell Safety Consulting LLC Past President, ASSP 2012-2013Vice Chair, Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation
Expertise: Human Performance and Training Technology
Mr. Pollock has served on the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Center Advisory Board and Program Advisory Board for more than 25 years, providing the insight of an experienced safety professional working with an inter-disciplinary team, and input on issues facing the business community. He is an experienced safety professional, degreed in Safety Education and Management from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He recently was named 2014 Cabot Executive in Residence at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.
Mr. Pollock’s professional experience includes: Corporate Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Medtronic, where he managed a staff of over forty professionals, worldwide, addressing biomedical manufacturing exposures, and Corporate Director of Safety and Risk for Clark Oil and Refining, where his responsibilities included overall risk control and property protection for three refineries and 22 terminals. Other professional experience includes safety management positions in consumer goods processing, heavy manufacturing, and loss control. At CLMI he has created over 500 safety and health related education courses and consults with corporations worldwide.
Mr. Pollock has been a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for 39 years. He recently served as the Society’s 98th President for 2012-2013. Awards include: the Culbertson Award for creating member educational opportunities, the President’s Award for sponsorship and funding educational expansion, and the Northwest Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award for significant organizational contributions. At the ASSE Society level he was also the VP – Council on Professional Development, and served on the Board of Directors as Senior Vice President, President Elect, and on the Congress of Councils, the Compensation and Long-Range Planning Committees, the PDC Planning Committee (Chair) and, in 2011, served as the Chair of the 100th Anniversary Task Force.
Nico Pronk, PhD, M.A., FACSM, FAWHPPresident, Health Partners Institute Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.
Dr. Nico Pronk is President of the HealthPartners Institute and Chief Science Officer at HealthPartners, Inc. and holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Pronk’s work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with practical applications of programs and practices, policies and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. His work applies to the workplace, the health system setting, and the community and involves development of new models to improve health and well-being at the research, practice and policy levels.
Dr. Pronk was confirmed by the White House to serve as co-chair of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for the year 2030 (aka “Healthy People 2030”). He is a current member of the Food and Nutrition Board and incoming Chair for the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is the founding and past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion.
He is widely published in both the scientific and practice literatures and is an international speaker on population health and well-being. Dr. Pronk received his doctorate degree in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
HealthPartners Institute is one of the largest medical research and education centers in the Midwest, the Institute has about 450 studies underway each year, trains more than 500 medical residents and fellows and more than 500 students, and provides continuing medical education for 25,000 clinicians as well as patient education and clinical quality improvement. HealthPartners, founded in 1957 as a cooperative, is an integrated, non-profit, member-governed health system providing health care services and health plan financing and administration. It’s the largest consumer governed nonprofit health care organization in the United States.
Jon Puetz, M.Ed, BSEEDirector, Loss Control and Risk Management, Boen & Associates, Inc. Former Program Director, South Dakota Occupational Safety and Health Consultation ProgramEngineering Extension, South Dakota State University
John RebrovichFormer Sub-District Director Assistant to the PresidentUnited Steel Workers, District 11
Diane RohlmanDirector, Healthier Workforce Center; Director, Agricultural Safety and Health Training Program, Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety Endowed Chair, Rural Health and Safety;Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Dr. Rohlman is a professor in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health where she holds the Endowed Chair in Rural Health and Safety. She is director of the University of Iowa’s Healthier Workforce Center as well as the director of the Agricultural Safety and Health Training Program in the University of Iowa’s Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Her research focuses on the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures, with emphasis on the increased workplace risks faced by younger employees. Her studies have examined agricultural workers in the United States and around the world, including research on the effects of pesticide exposure on adolescents and their developing nervous system. She also has studied how lifestyle factors, such as risk-taking, substance use, distracted behaviors, and fatigue or sleep deprivation, can impact safety on the job, as well as the effect of interventions directed toward supervisors and workplace policies. Dr. Rohlman received her masters and doctorate in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Vikki SandersWorkplace Violence Prevention Coordinator Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration
For 30 years, Vikki Sanders has worked at the Department of Labor and industry as the Workplace Violence Prevention consultant for the state of Minnesota. She has worked 7 years as an OSHA investigator and 23 years as a Principal Consultant specializing in Workplace Violence, general industry safety and safety committees.
Vikki currently is the Public Sector Principal Safety Consultant for the Department of Labor and Industry specializing with public sector employers. Vikki has taught over 610 businesses and 55,000 employees on safety topics in a variety of industrial settings including healthcare, education, manufacturing, government and business.
As a Consultant/Trainer and Co-Author of the workplace violence prevention manual, Vikki Sanders offers practical tools of awareness and understanding that help make workplaces safer.
John See, BA, MACo-Chair, Labor Education Service (LES) Carlson School of ManagementUniversity of Minnesota
John has worked with many unions in Minnesota on a diversity of projects, including the Building Trades, Wage Theft Coalition, the MN Department of Labor and Industry, Construct Tomorrow, and the Fair Contracting Foundation. He was an advisor to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) on the building of the Workers’ Memorial Garden in St. Paul.
John started producing television programs in 1982 while an undergraduate at the U of MN as a director, writer, editor, and on-air talent. With these skills he began his work at LES in 1984 by cofounding “Minnesota At Work” which became the longest-running, regularly scheduled cable television in the U.S. about labor and working people, and which ended in 2009 when programming migrated to the web.
He was one of the founders of the Union Producers and Programmers Network (UPPNET). For 30 years he’s been teaching video production classes and produced many video projects for LES. He served on the board of the Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) 1989-1996, eventually as board chair, and was instrumental in promoting MTN’s non-profit internet service to unions around the state. In 1993, John began teaching classes in website creation, internet skills including social media, and is responsible for dozens of local unions’ websites.
In 2000 he became the webmaster for WorkdayMinnesota.org. He has been active as a representative on two University governance committees. He is a long-time member and Trustee of IATSE Local 219, an associate member of the Minnesota Newspaper Guild and Typographical Union, and a past member of Teamsters Local 4.