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Section Editor(s): Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: December 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 12 - p 1476-1477
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181c6cf94
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The JOEM article “Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy: A Multiemployer Study” received the DMAA 2009 Population Health Improvement Leadership Award for Outstanding Journal Article. The award was presented at The Forum 09, the 11th annual meeting of the DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, held in San Diego. Industry leaders were recognized with DMAA Leadership Awards for programs and research that promote health, improve quality, and lower costs in chronic disease prevention and care.

Ronald Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Executive Vice President, Health and Productivity Strategy at Alere and a Director on the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Board, accepted the award as lead author for this article published in JOEM’s April 2009 issue. The study measured productivity loss among 10 employers and found that health-related productivity and costs significantly exceed medical and pharmacy costs. It explored methodological refinements in measuring health-related lost productivity and assessed the business implications of a full-cost approach to managing health. It is hoped that by providing this type of information, employers will understand the true economic burden of chronic illnesses and health risks and be guided to integrate health improvement strategies in their own organizations.

The 32nd Annual Carroll P. Hungate Seminar on Occupational and Environmental Health will be held February 26–27, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. The seminar is sponsored by the Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (GPCOEM), an ACOEM component society.

Roy L. DeHart, MD, FACOEM, a Past President of ACOEM, will present the John W. Hardy Lecture on February 26. Other topics during the event will include impairment ratings, independent medical exam issues, pain management and treatment options, new insights to depression in the workplace, drug and alcohol rehab, workers’ compensation, obesity and workers comp, fitness for duty and work restrictions post-MI, shoulder problems, psych issues and sexual harassment in the workplace environment, and occupational and environmental asthma.

For more information contact Linda Link, GPCOEM Executive Secretary, 9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 114, Kansas City, MO 64,114; telephone: 816/523-3383; e-mail: [email protected].

The Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TCOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold their spring meeting March 6, 2010, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

For additional information about the component or its meetings, contact Sangita Chakrabarty, MD, TCOEM President, at 615/321-2976 or via e-mail at [email protected], or visit the TCOEM web site at

The Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare- Associated Infections 2010 will be held March 18–22, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in Atlanta, Ga. “Changing Paradigms in Infection Prevention: Toward Elimination of Adverse Events” is coorganized by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

The target audience includes infection preventionists; health care epidemiologists; infectious disease specialists; critical care specialists; physicians, surgeons and nurses; pathologists; microbiologists; researchers; healthcare administrators; patient safety, quality improvement and risk management professionals; and others interested in the etiology, modes of transmission, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections, and adverse events.

For additional information, visit the conference web site at, or contact Janis Flemming at 703/684-1008; e-mail: [email protected].

The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is holding their Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo “Practitioners Talking with Practitioners: The Rewards of the Right Method” on March 22–25, 2010, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas.

The target audience is consultants; engineers; environmental medicine professionals; ergonomic committees; health and hygiene professionals; occupational health therapists and physical therapists; risk managers and safety management professionals; and safety and health directors.

Educational tracks include ergonomics programs; ergonomics for non-traditional workforces (service, support, construction, field service, and maintenance workers); role of ergonomics in health care, the energy industry, and the automotive industry; lean enterprises and ergonomics; manufacturing applications; office ergonomics programs and applications; special populations in today’s workforce (the obese and aging populations); and tools of the trade—ergonomic evaluation and analysis tools.

For more information, contact IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane 200 Norcross, GA 30,092; telephone: 800/494-0460; web site:

The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) is conducting its 2010 Specialty Conference “Air Pollution and Health: Bridging the Gap from Sources to Health Outcomes” on March 22–26, 2010, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, Calif.

This conference is intended to bring together a diverse group of air pollution and health scientists, air quality managers, and policy makers across all levels of government, private industry and industrial agencies, academia, and others interested in better understanding the science linkages between air pollution and health effects across the full source to health effects paradigm. It is multi-pollutant, focusing across five key science areas—sources, atmospheric sciences, exposure, dose, and health effects.

For additional information, contact the Conference Chair, Paul Solomon of the US EPA, via e-mail: [email protected]; or visit the conference web site at

The 2010 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) will be held May 2–5, 2010, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The format will include concurrent sessions identified through a series of tracks: OEM Clinical Practice; Management and Administration in OEM; OEM Education and Scientific Research; Environmental Health and Risk Management; and Regulatory, Legal, Military, and Government in OEM Practice.

The Opening Session on Sunday, May 2, features annual award presentations and the C. O. Sappington Memorial Lecture given by Michael Grunwald, a senior national correspondent for Time Magazine and author of The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise. Mr Grunwald has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Award for investigative reporting, and numerous other prizes including the Society of Environmental Journalists Award for his reporting on the Everglades. He will discuss how the poor health of the Everglades parallels and impacts the health of residents in the area.

The AOHC Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception will take place Sunday evening along with Abstract Poster Presentations. Exhibits can also be viewed Monday and Tuesday. An optional off-site social event (separate fee required) will be held Monday evening at Discovery Cove—a tropical paradise getaway featuring lush gardens, lagoons, and a dinner buffet with music and wildlife as a background followed by dessert at their beach. ACOEM’s Annual Membership Meeting Luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, May 4, where the new class of Fellows is introduced and the incoming Board of Directors officially assumes office.

Preconference courses, semi-plenary sessions, worksite visits, and meal sessions round out the AOHC experience. The conference concludes Wednesday, May 5, at 12 noon.

For additional information or registration, visit the ACOEM web site at or call 847/818-1800.

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