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WHO Collaborating Center


WHO Collaborating Center (WHO-CC) in Occupational and Environmental Health

The Great Lakes Center has been a WHO-CC since 2001, and recently received its third 4-year designation. Our Terms of Reference (TOR) and Activities are listed below:

TOR#1. Support PAHO and WHO in capacity building for diagnosis of occupational diseases

A23509. Prevention of lung disease in the mining sector is of critical global importance. Dr. Robert Cohen is working with pulmonary specialists to establish or enhance surveillance for the detection and tracking of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (Black Lung) in Colombia, Argentina, and Australia.

A23514. There is a scarcity of occupational medicine specialists and knowledgeable health care providers in low and middle income countries.  Dr. Maarten Bosland is working on Occupational Health curriculum development and delivery at medical schools in Ghana.

A23515. Visual and performing artists face occupational hazards that are difficult to control.  Dr. David Hinkamp and collaborators hosted a conference in July 2017 entitled, Diseases and Rehabilitation of Professionals in the Arts. A guided tour of arts in Cuba is planned for June 2017.

A23516. WHO contracted Dr. Linda Forst to develop and test a curriculum on occupational health and mercury toxicity for health care providers in countries signing on to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

A23517. The Global Program in Occupational Health Practice is a 4-course, 10-week, online program to develop capacity among primary health care providers and workplace safety officers in the prevention of occupational diseases and injuries.

TOR#2. Provide technical assistance and coordination on the WHO GMP Priority 6: classification, diagnostic, and exposure criteria for occupational diseases.

A23525.We contributed to elaborating diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases in the WHO's ICD-11 update.

A23601. The Great Lakes Center will be coordinating the work of WHO on the classification, diagnostic, and exposure criteria for occupational diseases.

TOR#3. Support PAHO/WHO with education and training by maintaining a clearinghouse for training materials, displaying new curriculum and establishing programs that enhance OH knowledge and practice

A23518. Led by Dr. Joseph Zanoni, the GEOLibrary is the result of an ongoing, collaborative effort to provide training resources in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic on occupational health, environmental health, and road safety.

TOR#4.  Support WHO/PAHO in addressing climate change and environmental health approaches

A23519. Dr Irina Dardynskaia and internaitonal collaborators are working on issues related to climate change and health of native populations of the US and Russian Arctic

A23520,23528.  Dr. Samuel Dorevitch his collaborating on the development of a climate change adaptation plan with colleagues in Cuba and Grenada. A conference is planned for November 15, 2016 at UIC in Chicago.

TOR#5. Provide support to PAHO/WHO in advancing healthy housing and workers’ health

A23521. In collaboration with the WHO CC at the National Center for Healthy Housing, Dr. David Jacobs has contributed a section on worker health and safety in construction of green housing.

A23522. Dr. Jacobs is working on model language for Integrating construction worker health and safety requirements into green and healthy housing standards

TOR#5. Support WHO global and PAHO regional efforts to promote environmental sustainability and workers’ health in health care settings

A23523.  Drs. Peter Orris and Susan Kaplan work with the NGO, Health Care Without Harm on issues related to environmental sustainability in the health care sector.

Table. GLC is committed to 15 different projects under 6 terms of reference as a WHO CC.

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