The Southeast Center evaluation team communicates and cooperates with representatives of the NIOSH Office of Agricultural Safety and Health (OASH) and with counterpart staff members in each of the nine NIOSH-funded Agricultural Centers & the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. These men and women aim to ensure that each center exercises good stewardship of federal taxpayer dollars while serving stakeholders both regionally and nationally.
The Southeast Center evaluation team is committed to outcomes assessment as described during systematic reviews of the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing program (Gunderson et al., 2007 and 2012). NIOSH Ag Center Evaluation workshops were held in Minneapolis, MN (October 2012) and in Fort Collins, CO (April 2013). The latter included presentations by Dr. Ramona Stone and Teresa Donovan, MPH, of the Southeast Center and by NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, OASH Director Captain Brad Husberg, and Dr. Paul Gunderson, Chair of two independent expert reviews of the NIOSH Agricultural Forestry and Fishing program (2008, 2012). In 2014 and following cycles, Southeast Center evaluation will be led by Richard C. Ingram, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy.