Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)


"I am learning a lot about the workplace and how important safety is through my coursework as an Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing [OEHN] Fellow. Specifically, Debra Novak, PhD, RN, came to my seminar class last semester and presented her findings about the low rate of use of N95 respirators by nurses who are in contact with infected patients. Dr. Novak is a senior fellow with NIOSH… I intend to continue to use the knowledge I gain in my OEHN curriculum in my career as a nurse researcher."
– Jacqueline Shukla, PhD student / OEHN trainee, UK College of Nursing.

Graduates of the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center and other NIOSH-funded ERC programs are equipped to enjoy lifelong learning and professional service and advancement in fields such as

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Protection
  • Epidemiology
  • Ergonomics
  • Government and Public Policymaking
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Health Education
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Insurance / Assets protection
  • Labor representation and advocacy
  • Mine Safety and Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • Occupational Safety
  • Public Health

Through its occupational safety and continuing education programs, as well as its interdisciplinary field surveys course, CARERC seeks to build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with regional employers. In Central Appalachia these include, but certainly are not limited to, Marathon Oil, Ashland Oil, Georgia-Pacific, Amazon.com, Owens Corning, and Aera Energy.

Graduates of NIOSH-funded ERCs frequently advance to rewarding careers in vital U.S. industries and health care settings. Former ERC trainees hold positions of leadership in both state and federal government and institutions of higher learning. Some have advanced to serve as commissioned officers of the U.S. Public Health Service and as leaders in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many engage in research and teaching at public and private universities nationwide and/or assist state public health departments in their mission to protect the well-being of America’s communities and families. Some may also share their expertise beyond the United States, through entities such as the International Commission on Occupational Health.

Other links of interest:
American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Public Health Association

Work supported by CDC/NIOSH Training Program Grant T42OH010278. The views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not constitute position statements of the USDHHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/NIOSH). Mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations does not imply endorsement by these federal agencies, the University of Kentucky or Eastern Kentucky University.