Whorton Writing Award

2018 COEH Donald Whorton Writing Award Announcement


The Donald Whorton Writing Award is offered by the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). The award program strives to honor the late Dr. Whorton by encouraging and recognizing important new voices in occupational and environmental research. Students and recent alumni (within 5 years of graduation) from any of the COEH-affiliated programs are eligible to submit a manuscript for consideration. Papers may be co-authored; however the student/alumnus must be first or senior author. Papers must be recently published or accepted for publication.

The award $500.00 + Recognition on the COEH website and social media and an invitation to present at a COEH event.

For more information visit:

Julia Buss
Deputy Director, COEH
University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health
50 University Hall, #7360
Berkeley, CA  94720-7360

internship, Occupational Health, OHIP

Occupational Health Internship Program – Applications Open for Summer 2018

OHIPDo you know a student who might be interested in learning more about occupational health — a student currently in the public health, nursing or medicine track or an energetic and curious student interested in economic and social disparities or environmental issues?

We need help to recruit these students to apply for the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP).  This is the 14th year of the very successful summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Teams of two students are placed with labor unions or community-based organizations to work on projects that investigate job-related health and safety issues among workers, often of new immigrant groups, employed in an under-served or a high hazard job.

Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, New York City, Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Idaho Falls. Supervision and mentorship are provided by senior occupational health researchers and their host organizations.

The program is open both to undergraduates (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students with an interest in occupational health or related fields. A stipend is provided for the 9-week experience ($4,000 for undergraduates, $5,200 for graduates). Housing allowance is not provided but we can assist those relocating for the summer to find temporary housing.

More information about the program and how to apply, visit the OHIP website at

For application questions, email OHIP Administrative Coordinator Ingrid Denis at or call 888-347-2632.

For general information on sites or potential projects, email National OHIP Coordinator, Sarah Jacobs at
Deadline February 16, 2018

NIOSH Update, Occupational Health

Understanding the Economic Benefit Associated with NIOSH Research and Services: A New Analysis of NIOSH Impact by RAND

Do you ever wonder if NIOSH research and services yield a positive economic benefit to workers, employers, and society?

Assessments of the impact of worker safety and health research and services often involve statistical analyses of written publications or qualitative analyses conducted by subject matter experts. Such assessments do not quantify the economic return on research and services investments in terms of lives saved, injuries or illnesses averted, or increases in worker productivity. NIOSH wanted to understand whether investments in worker safety and health yield an economic benefit. NIOSH tasked RAND with developing a systematic approach and illustrative case studies to inform the occupational safety and health community about this issue. Read more


December 2017: COEH in the Media


John Balmes is quoted on Atlanta’s Channel 11: Near a Wildfire? Not Every Mask Will Help Keep Out Harmful Pollutants.

Gina Solomon is quoted in Chemical Watch: Proposition 65: Reducing the Burden?

Kirk Smith is quoted in the Seminole State College Newsroom: Engineering Hope: Students, Faculty Developing Life-Saving Indoor Air Quality Solutions in Peru.

Marc Schenker is quoted in the Desert Sun: Unions Hope to Recruit California Cannabis Workers, But Federal Regulations Could Get in the Way.