Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)

Current Trainees

As of the 2013 – 2014 academic year, CARERC has welcomed seventeen men and women as NIOSH-funded trainees. This includes four doctoral students in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, four MPH students in agricultural occupational safety and health, six MS-SSEM students in occupational safety, and three MS candidates in mining safety and health.

Trainees’ research projects are as interesting and diverse as our CARERC trainees themselves, with capstone topics including

  • Creating a predictive model to identify possible future injuries for parcel service employees
  • Effectiveness of business / government contingency plans
  • Effects of obesity on the work and safety of farmers
  • Influence of surveillance cameras on safety habits within the work environment
  • Occupational injuries among aquaculture workers
  • Safety of first responders in national disasters
  • Symptoms, stress and self-efficacy beliefs among hospital nurses
  • Temporal and spatial mortality patterns for bovine respiratory disease
  • Tobacco cessation treatment at the work site

At the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University, CARERC trainees interact daily with nationally recognized faculty in nursing, epidemiology, mining, occupational safety and public health, among other disciplines. Trainees also have opportunity to participate in a variety of work site visits, scientific and trade conferences, and visiting lectures and workshops.

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