MCOHS Pilot Projects Call for Proposals
January 10, 2015 - Grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000 are available to occupational health and safety (OHS) researchers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Areas of OHS include industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health nursing, occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, injury epidemiology and safety, ergonomics, toxicology, health physics, and occupational health psychology.
The RFP is applicable only to educational institutions and targets a) new investigators that have traditionally not conducted OHS research; b) investigators pursuing new directions of research; and c) doctoral research trainees.
The application deadline is March 15, 2015.
OHSRP Doctoral Student Ryan Klein Receives Outstanding Service Award
September 5, 2014 - Ryan Klein, doctoral student in the Occupational Health Services Research and Policy (OHSRP) program, received an "Outstanding Service Award " from the Minnesota Population Center.
The Minnesota Population Center's outstanding service award program recognizes and rewards employees, including student employees, for significant contributions or service to MPC, its mission, unit objectives, or major projects and operations. The 2014 MPC Outstanding Service Award recognizes employees' efforts between July 2013 and June 2014.
Congratulations Class of 2014
May 30, 2014 - The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health Commencement was held May 19, 2014 at Northrop Auditorium. The School granted approximately 425 degrees for the Class of 2014.
Pictured to the right are MCOHS students:
Tammy Schult, MPH, PhD
Occupational Health Services Research and Policy
Adrienne Landsteiner, MPH, PhD
Occupational Health Services Research and Policy
Anna Briggs, MPH, PhD
Occupational Health Services Research and Policy
Elizabeth Allen, MPH, PhD
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Tran Huynh, MPH, PhD
Chia Wei, MS, PhD
Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training
Visit the SPH Commencement website to view the photo gallery, pdf program, and video.
Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran Named AIHA Fellow
May 16, 2014 - Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the field of industrial hygiene.
The award letter from AIHA to Ramachandran stated “the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the AIHA Awards Committee, and the AIHA Board of Directors all agree that you are deserving of this high recognition.”
Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellow Award. It’s given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.
Ramachandran will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. He will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.
PhD Student, Susan Arnold, Named AIHA Fellow
May 16, 2014 - Susan Arnold, an industrial hygiene doctoral student, has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the prestigious Fellow Award. It is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.
Susan will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. She will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.
MCOHS IH Students Receive AIHF Scholarships
May 14, 2014 - The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded scholarships to three students in the Industrial Hygiene program. The recipients are:
AIHF grants scholarships to students based on excellence in their academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals and potential for leadership in the profession. The awards will be conferred at the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in San Antonio, during the General Session on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
To learn more about the scholarships, read the news release.
2014 NORA Symposium
Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities
(May 1, 2014) - The 2014 NORA Symposium was held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota. The featured speakers were Marc Schenker, MD, MPH and Xóchitl Castañeda.
The topic of the symposium was "Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities". The presentation focused on demographics and causes of global migration, the relationship of migration to work, the lack of immigrant health visibility and research and the causes and evidence for disparities in occupational health outcomes for immigrant workers, including increased workplace injury and illness compared to native workers. In addition , the cultural and personal impacts of these disparities was addressed, as well as suggestions on how and why to reduce the disparities in occupational health outcomes.
Dr. Marc Schenker is Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, and Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement at the University of California, Davis. He is Director of the Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the Migration and Health Research Center. Dr. Schenker's research has addressed health hazards in the agricultural environment, semiconductor industry and other workplaces.
Xóchitl Castañeda has been the Director of Health Initiative of the Americas, at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, since 2001. A medical anthropologist by training, Xóchitl was educated in Guatemala and Mexico. She was a Professor of Public Health Sciences and a P.I. Researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. In 2010, the California Latino Legislative Caucus awarded her with the National Spirit Award for her leadership in initiatives to improve the quality of life of Latino immigrants in the U.S.
The event also included a pre-symposium poster viewing, as well as introductions and brief presentations made by:
Sue Gerberich, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Director, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Division Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Beth Virnig, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Research, School of Public Health
Infectious Disease in the Workplace and Beyond: A CDC Ebola Update
$35 (members and guests)
$30 (students and retirees)
Dr. Arnold Vang
CDC Division of Global Migration
Officer-in-Charge, Minneapolis Quarantine Station, MSP International Airport
Occupational and environmental health and safety professionals must be aware of the significant impact of infectious diseases, in particular, those that are highly contagious and debilitating, such as Ebola. What are the implications for your workplace?
Dr. Arnold Vang joined CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) in 2010. He is the Officer-in-Charge at the Minneapolis Quarantine Station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Dr. Vang is responsible for all quarantine station activities, enforces mandated federal regulations, and provides guidance and direction to port partners in DGMQ principles, bioterrorism preparedness, and other public health activities related to control and prevention of communicable diseases.
Co-sponsored with Minnesota Safety Council and Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Joint Meeting of ASSE, AIHA, AHMP, and MAOHN (the TEAM Approach).
Occupational Hearing Conservation Refresher Training
Stay Current and Above the Crowd! This one-day course will qualify those holding a current CAOHC certification for recertification. All participants will have ample opportunity to hone their skills by practicing hearing testing utilizing a variety of audiometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.
NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Training
Stay Current and Above the Crowd! This one-day, interactive course is designed as an update for those who have successfully completed the initial NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Course within the past five years and can provide a copy of that training certificate to the course director. In this interactive workshop, an emphasis will be placed on practical aspects of spirometric testing and making sense of spirometric results. Students are encouraged to supply information on the spirometers they currently or plan to use and samples of spirograms from their work setting.
Occupational Hearing Conservation Training
What's that you say? Sorry, my ear plugs are still in! If your company has an Occupational Hearing Conservation program this course is for you. If you are a nurse or an allied medical and industrial health practitioner you will learn to perform pure tone air conduction hearing tests and other associated duties of the Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC) as a member of the occupational hearing conservation team. All participants will have ample opportunity to practice hearing testing utilizing a variety of audiometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.
NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training
Don't just collect spirograms! Build confidence in your ability to use NIOSH-approved techniques for obtaining the best spirometric test results with a variety of clients. This 2 day workshop covers the most current standards and recent developments in pulmonary function testing. If you are an occupational health nurse, physician, industrial hygienist, technician, medical assistant, or employee health practitioner responsible for performing accurate pulmonary function testing, you will greatly appreciate this course. All participants will have ample opportunity to practice pulmonary function testing utilizing a variety of spirometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.