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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 9 - p 1008
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000290
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Leslie M. Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM, has accepted the position of Medical Director for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Los Angeles, Calif. Dr Israel is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of medical personnel at LADWP's Occupational Health Services through an on-site clinical facility and mobile medical unit. Previously, she was Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), where she served as the Occupational Medicine Residency Program Director and Medical Director for the COEH practice.

Dr Israel, an American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) member since 1995, was elevated to Fellow status in 2008. She has participated in the ACOEM Task Force for Increasing the Quality and Awareness of OEM and was a member of the Program Planning Committee for the 2012 American Occupational Health Conference held in Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Board for ACOEM's Western component after having served as its President and fulfilling all other officer positions for this component society. Dr Israel received her DO from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Mo., and her MPH from Yale University School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn. She is certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

The Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MCOEM), an ACOEM component society, will hold its “Fall Update: Occupational Medicine in the Health Care Setting” on September 27, 2014, at Feinstone Hall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md. For questions or assistance, contact Sacha Gutierrez, MD, MCOEM Secretary and Education Committee Chair, via e-mail at or telephone (334/718-7955).

The 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health™ will be held October 6 to 8, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. ACOEM is among 14 organizations that, together with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NIH, will present over 36 sessions demonstrating current research and workplace approaches that aim to integrate health protection and health promotion for the safety, health, and well-being of workers. This conference builds on past meetings of the 2004 NIOSH Steps to a Healthier U.S. Workforce and the 2007 NIOSH WorkLife National Symposium, seeking to advance the tenets of Total Worker Health (TWH).

On October 6, John Howard, MD, MPH, Director, NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present a keynote address on “Total Worker Health: Why It Matters to You, Your Organization and to the World.” Session presentations over the 2-day conference will include topics such as trends in demographics, employment conditions, worker safety, and injury and illness as they relate to the health and well-being of workers; strategies to prevent chronic disease addressed through work organization factors; measurement and analysis of the economic value of integrating a culture of worker safety and health with organizational sustainability; frameworks for developing, implementing, and evaluating TWH interventions across industries; tactics for gaining leadership support for workplace health initiatives; health and wellness challenges of transportation workers; and impacts of healthy leadership and supervision on organizational health and productivity.

The Symposium is open to all persons with responsibilities related to the safety, well-being, and health of workers. For additional information and registration, visit Questions can be directed to Eagleson Institute by telephone (207/490-1076) or via e-mail to

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) will offer “Work, Health, and Well-being: Integrated Wellness and Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace” on January 26 to 29, 2015, in Boston, Mass. This course, a part of HSPH's Center for Work, Health, and Well-being and the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Initiative, will provide the knowledge necessary to integrate siloed occupational health, health promotion, and health protection programs to enhance employee health, minimize work-related injuries and illnesses, and reduce employee health care-related costs.

For additional details, visit Questions can be directed to Peter Bretton via e-mail to or by calling 617/432-2041.

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