Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

Continuing Education

The CARERC Continuing Education program aims to increase opportunities for employees and employers in Central Appalachia to receive occupational safety and health education and training. Our goal is to provide high quality, interdisciplinary OSH CE opportunities that are accessible to Central Appalachian practitioners and capitalize upon the wide expertise of ERC faculty and staff to address workplace injury and illness in Central Appalachia.

The CARERC Continuing Education team coordinates the annual Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety & Health Symposium, which in August 2013 provided An Interdisciplinary Update on Miner Health and Safety. Presenters included The Honorable Joe Main, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); Dr. Jon Volkwein, formerly of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Dr. Edward Lee Petsonk, NIOSH Division of Respiratory Diseases. For background, see http://wuky.org/post/drgreg-discusses-rise-black-lung-cases (3:58 min). Visit CE Central for key conference presentations, including Dr. Petsonk’s discussion of the NIOSH “Enhanced Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program” and Dr. Joseph Sottile’s address on “Characterizing Variability of Dust Measurements Taken in Underground Coal Mines.”

Since its inception in July 2012, CARERC has been working to further leverage the curricula of existing CE providers, such as the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Eastern Kentucky University (OSHA TI EC) and medical and nursing CE at the University of Kentucky. OSHA TI EC was established in 2003 and primarily serves Federal Region IV, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Center draws upon a total of 17 instructors with more than 250 years of industry experience. OSHA TI EC offers 29 regular courses, examination preparation for the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), and an OSH Certificate Program for Correctional Safety Officers. The Institute is supportive of the CARERC mission and together we aim to design interdisciplinary versions of standard OSHA TI OSH courses that can be additionally accredited with CME and CNE credits. CARERC has supported OSHA TI through a small subcontract ($5,000) to offer students at the University of Kentucky the opportunity to enroll in any of the OSHA training courses for a minimal base fee.

Looking ahead, CARERC also will be developing Web-accessible content for the ERC EdOnline platform currently hosted by the Colorado School of Public Health. We proudly collaborate with both the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (Bunn et al.) and the BECKY organization (Building Epidemiologic Capacity in Kentucky) toward enhanced research and education in regional disease and injury surveillance.

A professional seminar series (CPH 699) has been launched for ERC trainees and other participants. Topics have included applied research and surveillance at NIOSH (2012 Nov 16) with participation from NIOSH investigators Geoffrey Calvert, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS); Thomas Lentz, CIH, PhD; Chief, Education and Information Division (EID); Lauralynn McKernan, ScD CIH, Deputy Branch Chief, Education and Information Division (EID); and Avima Ruder, PhD; Section Chief, DSHEFS Industry-wide Studies Branch; et al. Additional seminars were held in January, February and May 2013. The seminar series is ongoing, with new topics and speakers scheduled for Fall 2013– Spring 2014.

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