Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) recently reported its
accomplishments, as part of our annual renewal for funding from the CDC.
to highlight four sources of pride
in what the faculty, staff, and trainees have achieved since our founding in
July 2007. Let me start by saying “Thank
you” to all of you who have contributed to these milestones.
87 professionals have been trained at the
graduate and post-graduate levels with funding support from the MAP ERC. 100% are working in occupational safety and
health careers. This is particularly important in light of the projected
12,000-person labor shortage of safety and health professionals in the US by
o Of our graduates, 46% work in private industry, 25% in public service and 29% in academia.
o Employers of our trainees include: CH2MHill, the
University of Maryland, EnCana, the US Navy, Golder Associates, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Texas, University of
Colorado, Humantech, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Johns
Hopkins University, Boeing and City of Hope, among others.
o Special note: We have trained the majority of
the nation’s Health Physicists: responsible for monitoring and protecting workers and communities from
radiation; working in nuclear power, hospitals, defense and energy
industries, and nuclear regulatory agencies.
Continuing Education and Outreach Mission:
Through our partnerships with businesses in the
region, we reach thousands of small business owners, managers and occupational
safety and health professionals each year.
o 7,972 professionals
have received training through our continuing education program since 2007
o Our faculty members and trainees consult with employers on challenging
occupational safety and health problems as well as research projects. Recent employer partners have included
Pinnacol Assurance, Garfield County Commission, AfCO Steel, Axion Health, the
US Mint, Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, New
Belgium Brewing Company, the Fort Collins Fire Department and the Seattle Fish
We have sparked innovation in the region by
awarding pilot research grants to new investigators in Colorado, Wyoming,
Montana and Utah. Some notable results of our pilot grant program:
o 35 pilot projects totaling over $400,000 in
o Dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and a
o These pilot grants have helped launch research
careers of young investigators.
Recipients have since been appointed to academic track positions at
Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Texas,
Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Denver, the University of
Utah, the University of Colorado Boulder and Denver Health and Hospital
Our faculty members are thought-leaders in their areas of
expertise, as reflected by their publications, white papers, leadership
positions of national and international academic organizations, roles on
editorial boards and as reviewers of grants and journal articles, among other
2006, 23 core faculty members have published 524 peer reviewed journal articles
in the scientific literature.
Our faculty members have
applied for or hold 3 U.S. patents
Faculty members have founded two innovative start-up companies
in Occupational Safety and Health.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funds us along
with 17 other Education and Research Centers. Together, we are responsible for training 75% of all of the
occupational health and safety professionals in this country.
face funding challenges in Washington, DC and are regularly called upon to
“justify” the existence of the centers. I will continue to provide you with
updates on our progress and call upon you to help us “make the case” for the
importance of what we, and the other Education and Research Centers bring to
the health of the American worker, employer, and economy.
It’s a clear case: We help keep workers healthy
and safe. Healthy workers make for healthy businesses and help fuel the
economic success of the country.