SWCOEH redesignated as WHO Collaborating Center

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has once again designated the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at The University of Texas School of Public Health as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in Occupational Health. The designation lasts through May 2016. The Center’s original designation date was March 1985.

Collaborating Centers are instrumental for developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions. The SWCOEH will assist Latin America worker health issues through research, training and education.

The center will hold short, intensive course curriculum in occupational health that will be delivered and evaluated by SWCOEH faculty, in partnership with our collaborators. The goal is to build a repository of courses in the collaborating country. Most of these courses will be in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

As a Collaborating Center, SWCOEH will be strengthening occupational and environmental health research in Central America and the Caribbean. The major ongoing activity has been to develop, secure funding, pilot test and complete the field work for a national survey of working conditions in Central America.