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2013 Presidential Message
Leslie M. Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

I am honored to serve as your WOEMA President for 2013.

WOEMA is streaming into 2013 with a rich 73-year history that has ranked us as one of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's largest and most active component societies. During the last six years, I've experienced up close the amazing dedication and collaboration among WOEMA board members, past board members, committee chairs, their members and the WOEMA staff. It is the "roll up the sleeves" and "let's make this happen" attitude of our board, committee chairs, their members and countless others that explain how we are able to develop, implement and manage strategic plans with a spirit of camaraderie.

I'm very fortunate to be working with an energetic and brilliant team in 2013:

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WOEMA electronic newsletter contest
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We would like to introduce you to the new WOEMA electronic newsletter. Our goals are to provide you with monthly updates on what is happening behind the scenes at WOEMA, bring you current information pertinent to the practice of occupational and environmental medicine in the western United States, and to keep you engaged throughout the year.

To start off this year, we are holding a contest! We are searching for a unique and interesting name for our WOEMA electronic newsletter, and who better to ask than our members! The prize... a free registration to WOHC 2013 in breathtaking Honolulu! So put on your thinking caps, get creative, and click here to submit your recommendations!

We're looking forward to keeping you engaged.

Western Occupational Health Conference 2013 in Hawaii
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Aloha! Winter weather have you dreaming of a tropical getaway? Make your plans to attend the WOHC 2013 conference, September 26 - 28 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. This year's conference promises to be packed with interesting content, practical post-graduate sessions, unique worksite tours, stellar social activities and much more! You can make your hotel reservation now by calling 808-921-4611. Be sure to identify yourself with "WOEMA/Western Occupational Health Conference" in order to secure the negotiated group rate. Remember to visit the WOEMA website for regular program updates and more exciting details. More

Upcoming CME webinar
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Please join us on February 27 for a presentation on "Green Chemistry / Safer Alternatives: An Emerging Paradigm for Worker Protection?" given by Dr. Dennis Shusterman, M.D., MPH, section chief, Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service; Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health. Register here to examine three case studies of the failure of existing chemical policies to protect workers, and learn that substitution of safer alternatives is an under-utilized process. More

Study: The Texas privatized workers' comp model
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The argument for privatization in workers' compensation just got a boost. Employers who chose to privatize have seen lower costs, eradication of worries over fraud and abuse, and quicker resolution of disputes because workers' legal rights are restricted, according to a study by the New Street Group. Privatization even seems to help curb opioid abuse. More

Parkinson's and pesticides
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook often points out that many pesticides that were once liberally sprayed on food crops and considered perfectly safe turn out to be anything but — after farm workers and consumers have been exposed to them for years. Recently, a team of neurologists at the University of California, Los Angeles demonstrated an unsettling link between Parkinson's disease and exposure to a fungicide called benomyl that was used for decades on wide variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts before being discontinued in 2001. The UCLA team published its findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

You are what you eat ... Even at work
Business News Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies trying to increase productivity should offer their employees more wellness programs, a new study finds. Workers who ate healthful meals and exercised on a regular basis had better job performance and lower absenteeism, research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization, Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways shows. More

Why undocumented immigrants are turning to underground, cash-only clinics to get healthcare
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Obamacare seeks to extend health coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, but that doesn't include the nation's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants. And as Kaiser Health News reports, that oversight — along with the historical difficulty that undocumented immigrants face when trying to obtain coverage — has led to the proliferation of underground, cash-only "bodega clinicas" in Los Angeles migrant communities. More

OSHA finds 58 violations at Nevada's Hoover Dam
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The federal agency operating Hoover Dam must correct 58 health and safety violations that investigators found in recent inspections at the massive Colorado River water retention and hydroelectric power plant east of Las Vegas. More

Health Officials: No shortage of flu vaccine in California
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Public health officials said recently there is no shortage of the flu vaccine anywhere in California, despite anecdotal reports of people having a difficult time finding a place to get the shot. More

Process evaluation of a workplace health promotion intervention aimed at improving work engagement and energy balance
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Evaluating the process of the implementation of an intervention aimed at improving work engagement and energy balance, and to explore associations between process measures and compliance. More

Flu shots for hospital workers enforced in US
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Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal. More


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