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Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) Pilot Projects Research Training Program (PPRTP)

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The goal of the pilot projects research training program (PPRTP) is to enhance the SWCOEH’s regional outreach efforts in research training and to foster stronger inter-institutional ties in occupational health research within Public Health Region 6, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS)

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MAPPS is a collaborative research-to-action project designed to study and address health risks associated with emissions from metal recycling facilities in Houston. 

Asthma in Texas Healthcare Workers II

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Asthma in Texas Healthcare Workers II is a CDC-NIOSH funded R01 research project to study associations between occupational exposures and asthma among healthcare workers (HCWs), and to assess its burden in this worker population. Results will be compared to a similar study, performed by the same researchers, in 2003, to measure the impact of any new workplace practices and potential risk factors.

Working Conditions and Health in Central America

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Researchers at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences (EHGES) at UTHealth School of Public Health are conducting 9000 household interviews on working conditions and health in six Central American countries, in an effort to guide policies that could improve the region’s health.

Investigadores del Centro Suroeste de Salud Ocupacional y Ambiental (SWCOEH) del Departamento de Epidemiología, Genética Humana y Ciencias Ambientales (EHGES) de la Escuela de Salud Pública de UTHealth están llevando a cabo 9.000 entrevistas en hogares sobre condiciones de trabajo y salud en seis países centroamericanos, un esfuerzo para orientar las políticas que podrían mejorar la salud de la region.

Dairy Farm Safety

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Researchers at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences (EHGES) at UTHealth School of Public Health have a 15+ year history of safety and ergonomics research in the U.S. dairy industry. Researchers have conducted dairy parlor ergonomics research focused on the identification and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among large-herd dairy farm milkers. Researchers are currently developing, delivering and evaluating a safety leadership and management training intervention for dairy farm front-line supervisors.