Faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are involved in three of the Colorado School of Public Health's centers: Colorado Injury Control Research Center, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the NIOSH-funded Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). Learn more about these centers below or visit the Colorado School of Public Health centers homepage to learn about other centers associated with the school.
Colorado Injury Control Research Center
The Colorado Injury Control Research Center (CICRC) is dedicated to reducing the occurrence, severity and adverse consequences of injuries in the Rocky Mountain Region through research, education, and service. The CICRC emphasizes building community-based partnerships, particularly among under-served populations such as Hispanics, Native Americans, and rural residents and their families. The Center is located at Colorado State University and was established in 1995 as one of 12 national injury centers funded by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Director: Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD
Website: Colorado Injury Control Research Center
High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) is dedicated to the improvement of the occupational health, safety, and well-being of the residents of Colorado, the High Plains, and the Rocky Mountain Region.
Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States based on NIOSH statistics. In a typical year, approximately 800 individuals lose their lives while working in U.S. agriculture. An additional 150,000 suffer debilitating injuries and illnesses, and a large number of deaths due to occupational disease go unreported. Alarmingly, large numbers of farm accidents involve children. All of these deaths and disabilities greatly affect the social and economic well-being of rural communities in the region. Because of these factors, there is a need for HICAHS.
HICAHS has served the agricultural population of PHS Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota) for more than 10 years. The overarching goals of HICAHS are to reduce agricultural injury and illness through focused research, education, and intervention.
Director: Steve Reynolds, CIH
Website: High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
Center for Health, Work & Environment
The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® and houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind supported by the National Institue for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The mission of CHWE is to advance worker health, safety, and well-being.
CHWE educates future leaders, conducts research, and designs practical solutions to occupational health and safety challenges with community partners. The center uses a Total Worker Health approach in all that they do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health.
Director: Lee Newman, MD
Website: Center for Health, Work & Environment
Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center
The Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), a worker health and safety education and research center within the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, is one of the 18 ERCs funded by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (CDC/NIOSH). The mission of MAP ERC is to improve occupational and environmental health and safety through education, research, and community partnership.
With their main offices based in Colorado at the University of Colorado in Aurora, MAP ERC has graduate training programs at both the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Four of the five graduate programs are held at Colorado State University. MAP ERC also offers pilot research program grants and other opportunities for worker health and safety training and education.
Director: Lee Newman, MD
Website: Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center