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Occupational Health: SouthON

Southeastern States Occupational Network
In collaboration with state health departments, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), academic partners, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), regional Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (ERCs), and other occupational safety and health partners, the Southeastern States Occupational Network (SouthON) will build on the foundation for occupational health surveillance (OHS) capacity and collaborative research in the southeastern U.S. region.
Objectives
  • Provide epidemiology and program planning tools for establishing OHS capacity;
  • Build OHS epidemiology surveillance and research capacity on work-related injuries and illnesses at both the state and southeast region levels;
  • Promote multi-state scientific research collaborations among occupational epidemiologists, community partners, worker organizations, NIOSH, and academic colleagues in the southeast region; and
  • Develop common priorities for development of occupational risk assessment, applied epidemiology, worksite interventions, and occupational health practice.
Activities
  • Establish southeast regional partnerships and collaborations among state health departments, academic partners, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded agricultural centers and education research centers (ERCs), agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Develop occupational injury and illness research hypotheses;
  • Establish southeastern occupational injury and illness surveillance;
  • Optimize state and southeast regional OHS capacity; and
  • Translate southeastern occupational injury and illness research into public health action and planning
Benefits to States
  • Establish strategic relationships
  • Obtain user-friendly tools to perform basic occupational surveillance activities
  • Learn to develop interventions and inform policy change
  • Address occupational health issues through collaboration with new partners
  • Learn about grant funding opportunities, travel & training resources, meeting announcements, and occupational health intern programs
  • Obtain on-site mentoring on OH program development.
  • Obtain outreach and educational materials from NIOSH’s Surveillance e-Clearinghouse.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to join the SouthON distribution list, please email Nikka Sorrells. Pertinent occupational health-related news and announcements are shared via this distribution list.
Resources
SouthON Fact Sheet
2016 SouthON Meeting Agenda
2015 SouthON Meeting Agenda
2011-2014 SouthON Meeting Materials (Located on the Sunshine ERC Website)
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