This report summarizes activity of the Northwest Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center for 1 July, 1997 through 30 June 2002. The purpose of this Center program is to educate professionals specializing in occupational health and safety fields for the Pacific Northwest (Region X) and the nation, and to provide continuing education courses and outreach programs in the field to practicing specialists and citizens of this region. Established graduate academic programs in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, and Hazardous Substance Management have continued with modest expansion in size and with special emphasis on maintaining the quality of the research and educational experiences of the trainees. These efforts focused on developing the leadership of the Center, recruitment of faculty with strong research orientation, and more comprehensive integration of the Center programs with the other research, education, and service activities of the sponsoring departments: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Medicine in the School of Medicine, and Psychosocial and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Continuing Education, Outreach, and specific training programs in Hazardous Substance Management for working professionals are also key components of the Center, whose goal is to reach the greatest possible number of persons working in occupational health and safety in the region.
School of Public Health & Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7234