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People and Events

Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 10 - p 1205-1206
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31818c6fa7
People and Events: News Highlights

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Wayne N. Burton, MD, FACOEM, was presented with the Portes Award for Excellence in Prevention of Disease by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) at their 93rd Annual Awards Dinner in April 2008 in Chicago, Ill. Dr Burton is Medical Executive for JP Morgan Chase and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and Adjunct Professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr Burton is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Business Group on Health. He is on the editorial boards of Disease Management and the Journal of Health and Productivity and has coauthored more than 75 articles on employee health and productivity.

Dr Burton received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief medical resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr Burton is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the American College of Physicians, and the IOMC.

An ACOEM member since 1980, Dr Burton was elevated to Fellowship status in 1984. He has served ACOEM on the Board of Directors, as Co-chair of the Council on External Affairs, Associate Chair of the Business and Labor Education Committee, and member of the Committee on Health-related Productivity, among others, and was the recipient of ACOEM’s 1998 Health Achievement Award. Dr Burton is a member of the Central States Occupational Medical Association (CSOMA), an ACOEM component society, where he has served as President, President-elect, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and a member of the CSOMA Board of Governors.

The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) recently honored the University of Pennsylvania and the Decatur Community Association with its 7th Annual CCPH Award. This award highlights the power and potential of partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions to promote health through partnership strategies.



Accepting the award on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania was ACOEM member, Edward A. Emmett, MD, FACOEM, of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the Hospital of UPenn. This award winning partnership with the Decatur Community Association began in 2002 when Dr Emmett, professor of occupational medicine at the University, and Hong Zhang, MD, a University of Pennsylvania resident at that time, formed an Environmental Justice Partnership with the local community in southeastern Ohio to study water contamination affecting the Little Hocking Water Association. They obtained funding for a community-based participatory research program and employed an innovative method of disseminating the results to the community by first releasing the study results to participants and then to the broader community rather than publishing the results first in scientific journals.

CCPH, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996, will hold their 11th conference, “Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation Through Partnerships,” on April 29–May 2, 2009. For more information about the organization or their programs, contact Alicia Witten, Public and Community Health, c/o Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226; telephone: 414/456-8191; e-mail:; web site:

Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) is sponsoring its biannual Occupational Hearing Conservation Course November 3–5, 2008, in Washington, DC. This Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) course encompasses all three days for certification, or a single day (November 4) for re-certification. The CAOHC courses are designed to certify health and safety personnel to test hearing and to establish hearing conservation programs in compliance with OSHA requirements.

For additional information or to register, contact WOHA, 1120 19th St, Ste 410, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: 800/777-9642 or 202/463-6698; e-mail:; web site:

The Midwinter Timberline Scientific Meeting, annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NAOEM), an ACOEM component society, will be held February 20–22, 2009, at the historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon. This conference provides an opportunity for participants to share their particular interests in occupational medicine with their colleagues from around the region.

Early registration, by February 1, is $225 for physician members. The cost to nonmembers is $275. For additional information or registration, contact Darla White, NAOEM Executive Administrator, 2033 6th Avenue #1100, Seattle, WA 98121; telephone: 206/956-3642; e-mail:; web site:

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