Trends in Occupational Health Meeting

January 25, 2017

Our next Trends in Occupational Health meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th!  The details of the meeting are as follows:

Presenter: Jonathan Torres, MD, FACOEM, Medical Director of St. Mary’s WorkMed

Topic:  Integrated Disability Prevention (IDP), A practical Approach for the Occupational Medicine Practice

        Date:  Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

        Time:  12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch at 12:00. The MediaSite broadcast begins at 11:55

        Location:  UCHC Outpatient Pavilion SECOND Floor Large Conference Room, S2010


Learning objectives of this discussion:

  1. Understand the benefits of integrated disability prevention (IDP) approaches within a clinical practice.
  2. Understand the components of and IDP program and how to apply them within an established practice.
  3. Reasonably apply research/evidence in the field to the clinical setting.

Lunch will be provided. Hope to see everyone there!  Please RSVP with Lisa Rusch at to ensure we have enough food for everyone.  However, we always welcome last minute attendees!  The more the merrier!

The lecture will also be streamed using MediaSite. If you can not make it in person you can view the lecture here: Dr. Jonathan Torres


December 12, 2016

Robert L. Trestman, Ph.D., M.D who served as the interim Division Chief for the Division of Occupational & Environmental Health for many years has announced that he will be leaving UConn Health on April 1st, to Chair the Department of Psychiatry at Carillion Clinic in Virginia. Please join us in wishing him well in his new career.


September 13, 2016

The Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine offers a monthly colloquium series on an aspect of Occupational or Environmental Medicine. We bring in speakers on the first Monday of each month to lecture from noon to 1:30.  These events are CME events, so your physical attendance and participation will qualify you for the CME credits.

If you can not make it to UConn Health to attend the lecture in person, we do broadcast it using Occupational Medicine Colloquium Archives. You can find an archive of some of our previous speakers there.

Our next lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017,  in the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion 7th floor East conference room.  The lecture will start at noon, but refreshments will be provided before the lecture starts.  It will run to approximately 1:30 pm to allow for time to discussion and questions after the presentation.  Information on this lecture is below.

Speakers: Terry Snyder, MBA

Topic: Standing Computer Workstations, Rising Above the Hype

Link to this broadcast can be found here: March 8th Broadcast

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Miriam Muniz at



Jenny Garza, Sc.D. will present on two interesting ergonomics topics:”Sex differences in the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among custodians” and “An update on the use of sit-stand workstations and other interventions”.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, January 17th @ 6pm. At the Four Points by Sheraton, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, Ct.


Award Announcements

Dr. Jennifer Cavallari received an award from UConn Health’s CICATS Core Interest Group for the project “Collaboration for Occupational Health and Safety”.

Dr. Alicia Dugan received $50,000 from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative to study breast cancer survivors’ return to work experiences (award is from Sept 2016- Aug 2017). She will conduct a participatory action research project to study factors that enable a successful return to work for breast cancer survivors. The proposed study will follow the Healthy Workplace Participatory (HWP) Program, developed by CPH-NEW investigators to research and develop interventions for breast cancer survivors. She will gather comprehensive information from survivors, managers, clinicians, to assess return to work experiences, work-related quality of life, cancer management behaviors, work-health conflict, and individual and organizational support. The information collected in this study will provide a needs assessment of breast cancer survivors, allow testing of research hypotheses, and be used to inform the development of future interventions. This research project will contribute a basis of evidence for identifying the individual- and organizational- supportive factors that improve return to work experiences among breast cancer survivors.

Dr. Dugan also was awarded a grant from CPH-NEW to study “Development and Implementation of a Healthy Sleep Intervention for Correctional Supervisors Using Participatory Action Research”.

Paula Schenck, M.P.H. was the recipient of an award from Connecticut DPH to continue work on assisting with work-related injury and illness case management by providing staff consultation on the clinical manifestations of exposure to workplace health and safety hazards. She also received a sub-award from the University of Connecticut Avery Point to work on a project they received an award from the CT State Department on Housing.

The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) under the co-directorship Dr. Laura Punnett (UMass Lowell) and Dr. Cherniack has received a 5 year renewal from NIOSH. CPH-NEW is one of 6 NIOSH funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health. The overall goal of CPH-NEW is to improve worker health through a highly participatory process involving front-line employees and top-down organizational support, and to study and disseminate information on such participatory models. The Center will concentrate on healthcare workers and correctional officers. Team members on this grant include DOEM faculty, Drs. Cavallari, Dugan, DOEM research staff, Dr. Dussetschleger, Graduate Student Sara Namazi and faculty from UConn Storrs and UConn Hartford.