Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

NIOSH ERCs

A partnership of the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University, the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) is one of only 18 such university-based occupational safety and health training programs in the United States. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (CDC/NIOSH), ERCs

  • Conduct state-of-the-art research in worker safety and health;
  • Provide graduate-level academic programs and continuing education (CE) in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, and occupational medicine;
  • Develop control technologies, workplace interventions and other solutions designed to protect worker health and safety and avert injury-related costs to businesses and families.

NIOSH ERCs exist to provide an adequate supply of personnel qualified to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act) and to reduce the national burden of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. CARERC is the only NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center dedicated exclusively to serving workers, employers and other stakeholders in 177 high-need counties in eastern Kentucky, east Tennessee, western North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Contact Us

General correspondence may be addressed to

Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center
c/o Amber Kidd, MA
Suite 226A
Bowman Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40504
859-323-6836

Program-specific inquiries may be addressed to

Wayne T. Sanderson, PhD, CIH
Director, Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
111 Washington Avenue, Room 213B
College of Public Health
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40536
Phone: (859) 218-2227

Steven R. Browning, PhD
Deputy Director, Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
111 Washington Ave, Room 209B
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0003
Phone: (859) 218-2235

Scotty Dunlap, EdD, CSP
Director, CARERC Occupational Safety Program
Assistant Professor
Safety Security and Emergency Management
College of Justice and Safety
250 Stratton Bldg
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-7208