This final report summarizes the impressive accomplishments of the Sunshine Education and Research Center (SERC) at the University of South Florida for the funding period July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2002. Initially, four programs were funded in 1997:  industrial hygiene (IH);  occupational health nursing (OHN);  occupational medicine (OM) and  continuing education/outreach (CE/OR). SERC's programs have grown steadily 1997. In 1999, SERC was awarded a  pilot grant research (PRG) initiative. Three other programs were funded in 2001:  occupational safety;  hazardous substance academic training (HSAT) (with industrial hygiene); and  hazardous substance continuing education & outreach (HST) (with CE/OR). SERC has evolved a strong student and faculty research program consistent with NORA initiative. USF's special research focus takes place because faculty interests/expertise:  Prevention of occupational asthma;  Repetitive motion injuries of the upper extremity and back with emphasis on preventive measures utilizing ergonomic controls;  Reduction of heat stress through the use of effective protective clothing;  Control of poor indoor air quality, a prevalent issue in the southeastern United States;  Research to better understand how work organization is influenced by the changing economy and workplace and what the potential effects are on worker safety and health, including the cost and quality issues pertaining to managed care for the workers' compensation program as it relates to Florida and other states;  Newly emerging occupational infectious diseases from blood-borne pathogens; and,  Development of tools to determine personal exposures Some special efforts by the programs of SERC include:  Strong Interdisciplinary activities;  Use of distance learning for educational programs;  Programs addressing the under representation of minorities;  Research prominence of NORA priorities;  Plans to satisfy regional workforce needs;  Prominent role of Board of Advisors to guide ERC;  Recognition as a state and regional resource in Occupational Safety and Health; and,  Encouragement of strong internal/institution support. The high level of interdisciplinary interaction at the Sunshine ERC is one of its strengths. During the project period, the Sunshine ERC graduated 18 Industrial Hygiene masters level trainees, 18 Occupational Health Nursing masters level trainees, 13 Occupational Medicine masters level trainees, 8 Safety Management masters level trainees and 5 Industrial Hygiene Ph.D. level trainees. In addition, 22 residents completed the occupational medicine residency. Over the project period, the total number of courses offered in the Continuing Education and Outreach program for each discipline are as follows: 63 Industrial Hygiene, 33 Occupational Health Nursing, 23 Occupational Medicine, 11 Safety Management and 42 Hazardous Substance Training Courses, totaling 172 courses offered. In the project period, 3,741 individuals were trained in the Continuing Education and Outreach Program. The breakdown by trainee group of attendees is as follows: 566 in Industrial Hygiene, 643 in Occupational Health Nursing, 593 in Occupational Medicine, 595 in Safety and 1344 in Other. 27 Pilot Research Projects have been done since notification of funding for this program was received in 1999 and until 2002.
Sunshine Education and Research Center, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612-3805
Sunshine Education Research Center, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612-3805