Highlights (27 March, 2013)
On March 4th, the Mountain and Plains Education
and Research Center conducted a full-day retreat at Chautauqua Park,
facilitated by Dr. Deborah Helitzer from University of New Mexico. As a
five-year old Center, we considered it a great time for examining where we are
going, in the context of a number of emerging trends in education, in
occupational health and safety practice, and at NIOSH.
The session was attended by faculty members, trainees, MAP
ERC alumni, staff, community members including some members of our external
advisory board. The energy was infectious.
We focused our discussion on the following questions,
including just a few of the most
popular ideas emerging from the breakout sessions:
can we best train students in occupational safety?
Increase experiential, interdisciplinary
learning opportunities, such as:
Define the skill sets and level of
training that are needed by those who hire safety professionals in our
can we best integrate health promotion with health protection?
Increase outreach efforts to:
partnerships with industry, insurance, public health, government, physicians,
with health promotion professionals
with health protection (safety) professionals
incentives for community members to engage
Modify our pilot projects program to attract
proposals that address health promotion in the workplace
Conduct an inventory of what we are
already doing at CSU and UCD in health promotion in our teaching, research, and
are the best approaches to training future leaders in Occupational Safety and Health?
Collaborate with other professionals
through networking opportunities, mentoring
Model opportunities (along the lines
of young leadership training programs)
Identify corporate opportunities
Create opportunities for our
trainees to be leaders, through
experience with community partners
activities / ERC events
leaders in a mentoring model
students to take ownership of aspects of the program
4. What modes of learning should we be
using to be most relevant to the way people learn?
Do more with ‘blended models’ of
interdisciplinary learning, so that faculty teach using multiple modes of
learning to reach the most students.
More hands on/practical learning
Learn when it is appropriate to use
the modes of learning (online, hybrid, problem based, classroom etc.) for their
effectiveness – employ technology where appropriate and where it is best proven
to be effective
Teach critical thinking skills
through writing and research
New or improved
In addition to reviewing and refining our existing Center
goals, 3 new goals were heavily endorsed by the group:
the marketing of occupational health and safety.
efforts to integrate MAP ERC activities with the Agricultural research center
(HICAHS), with other regional partners, and other regional training programs
the economic sustainability of the Center
Please see our
Center’s current vision, mission, and the ‘old’ goals in the set of slides from
the retreat ‘kick off’ presentation, just click here: Retreat Newman 2013.pptx
On April 4th and 5th we will be
holding our annual live meeting of the MAP ERC External Advisory Panel (EAP).
We have provided retreat minutes to the board and will use it as the
basis for discussion of our future direction.
After that meeting, the executive committee of the MAP ERC
will discuss next steps, including the formation of several task forces to
formulate strategies and actions centered on some of the new goals and
recommendations emerging from the retreat and EAP review.
I’d like to personally thank all of those who participated
and especially thank Lyndsay Krisher, Michelle Haan, Kaylan Stinson, Sara
Higgins and Lili Tenney, who each had a hand in the day’s success. And I’d
especially like to thank Steve Reynolds and Deborah Helitzer for their efforts
in planning the retreat.
Thank you for all you
do to improve worker health, safety, and productivity in our region.
As always, I welcome your input, insights, suggestions and
any offers of assistance. Please feel free to call me any time. My cell:
720-480-0992. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.