Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

Current Projects

CARERC exists to provide state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary occupational safety and health research, education, and training opportunities for stakeholders in 177 high-need counties of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and Virginia. Regional pilot studies funded through CARERC address strategic aims of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA II). These aims include, but are not limited to, improving sector- and state-based occupational disease and injury surveillance, promoting risk-hazard reduction in forestry and logging, reducing injury and disease exposures among workers due to circumstances that may limit their options for safeguarding their safety and health, and promoting prevention through design (PtD).

Effectiveness of Permethrin-treated Clothing Used by Foresters to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Stephanie L. Richards, M.S.E.H., Ph.D.
Jo Ann Balanay, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Environmental Health Sciences Program

Kentucky Appalachian Firefighters' Exposure to and Perception of Risk
Joan Mazur, Ph.D.
William (Bill) Goetz, Ed.D.
University of Kentucky
College of Education

Avian-Livestock Links in the Demography of Zoonotic Bacteria and Their Implications for Farmworker Health
David F. Westneat, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Biology

Developing a Web‐based Application to Generate Automated Access Routes from Timber Harvesting Sites to Emergency Personnel Locations
Jeffrey Stringer, Ph.D.
Marco Contreras, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Forestry

Development of a Culturally Effective Educational Program in the Prevention of Heat Stress among Spanish Speaking Hispanic Farm Workers in Rural East Tennessee
Sharon Loury, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.
Ardis Nelson, Ph.D.
Kenneth Silver, D.Sc.
East Tennessee State University

Exposure Assessments and Evaluation and Implementation of an Oncology Nurse Communication and Training Program at the University of Tennessee Medical Cancer Center, Knoxville, Tennessee
Martin D. Barrie, J.D., Ph.D.
Senior Epidemiologist/Scientist
Oak Ridge Associated Universities