Mold and Moisture CME Course

October 25, 2017

Mold and Moisture CME Course – Guidance For Clinicians

Patients present to primary care services with symptoms and health concerns that require consideration of environmental factors. In some cases, patients’ exposure to mold and moisture in their homes, offices, schools, and workplaces may be having a significant effect. This course includes guidance designed to help the healthcare provider address patients with illnesses related to mold in the indoor environment by providing a background understanding of how mold may be affecting patients. With an appreciation of the time pressures in the clinical medical setting today, the course describes “tools” to help the provider evaluate the patient and help the practitioner explore environmental relationships to illness.

The course can be found here: Mold and Moisture CME Course

Part 1: Health Effects Related to Mold and Moisture in Indoor Environments

Part 2:Resources for Health Providers: Preventing Respiratory Disease in Patients who are Exposed to Damp Moldy Environments

EPA and UConn Health Webinar

October 23, 2017

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and UConn Health Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine would like to invite you to our webinar:

“Guidance for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals on Mold and Moisture Exposure Indoors”

Presented by: Paula Schenck, MPH, Center for Indoor Environments and Health at University of Connecticut (UCONN) Health, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Date and Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Environments Division

Paula Schenck is the co-founder of the Center for Indoor Environments and Health at UCONN. The Center focuses research, education and service towards amelioration and/or prevention of human disease by addressing the indoor environment in schools, offices and homes.

Ms. Schenck will be discussing the book, “Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors” as it relates to current events in health care and public health settings. She will highlight prominent areas of the guidance, present recent findings in scientific literature as well as share her perspective on why mold exposure and health is becoming more of a concern for individuals and communities, what exposures mean for human health, and what her current work tells us about added risks to communities recovering from catastrophic weather events.

To register for the webinar: Registration Link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


•             Physicians, nurses, asthma educators and other health care providers

•             Health directors, facility managers, school superintendents, employers, building owners

•             Storm response planners and rebuilders, construction workers, community planners

•             Professional/ technical consultants

•             Individuals with concerns about how mold exposure may be affecting their health


Become aware of information on the relationship between mold exposure and health effects as discussed in current guidance and peer-reviewed literature

Have guidance to explore mold and moisture exposure as contributors to illnesses in clinical settings

Explore strategies for the public and worker populations to reduce exposure when in wet moldy environments so  to possibly prevent illness (especially important when preparing for and responding to flooding and severe weather events).


NECOEM/MaAOHN 2017 Annual Conference

October 16, 2017

The annual NECOM/MaAOHN conference will be held November 29, November 30 – December 1, 2017 at the Boston Marriott Newton; Newton, MA.

This year’s theme is “CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING CLIMATE”.  The early registration deadline is 10/31/2017. You can register at the event website here , or you can use this PDF to register: NECOEM 2017 Registration Form

MORE THAN 320 occupational health professionals are expected to attend this event. This is your opportunity to showcase your product and/or service to these major decision makers who want to remain on the cutting edge of their field.

Abstract submission is invited for poster presentation. Poster session is scheduled for the evening of Thursday November 30th, 2017 in conjunction with the Annual Conference President’s Reception.

Trends in Occupational Health Meeting

January 25, 2017

Our next Trends in Occupational Health meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

The details of the meeting are as follows:

Presenter: Emily Sparer, ScD

Topic: Cancer Prevention with the Boston Fire Department: A Closer Look at Fire Station Risk Factors

Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch at 12. The MediaSite broadcast begins at 11:55.

Location: UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, S2010

Learning objectives of this discussion:

1. Discuss potential cancer risk factors for firefighters at the fire station.

2. Describe the patterns of particulate matter in the fire stations.

3. Describe how the building structure and layout may influence exposure levels in fire stations.

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 presentation once the presenter and topic is set.


December 12, 2016

We are very pleased to welcome George W. Moore, M.D., M.Sc., FACPM, FACOEM, who joins the Division as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinic. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He joins us having most recently served as Medical Director at Saint Francis Occupational Clinic in Windsor, CT.


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, October 11th, 2017,  in the UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion 2d floor East conference room.  The lecture will start at noon, but refreshments will be provided before the lecture starts.  It will run to approximately 2:30 pm to allow for time to discussion and questions after the presentation.  Information on this lecture is below. This will be a extended lecture, and will count for a 2 hour CME session.

Speakers: Drs. Micheal Erdil, Surita Rao, Rebecca Andrews, and Judge Omar Hernandez

Topic: “Opioid Considerations in Workers Comp.””

MediaSite Link: Opitate Lecture

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Miriam Muniz at



Michael Erdil MD, FACOEM, gave the following presentations;

Harvard School of Public Health. Resident Education. Opioid Prescribing Considerations in Workers’ Compensation. Boston MA. Aug 11, 2017.  Neighborhood Health Plan. Spine Surgery Considerations and Guidelines. Boston, MA. Aug 18, 2017.

Harvard School of Public Health. Grand Rounds. Current Recommendations and Patient Education Regarding the Management of Low Back Pain. Co-presentors Michael Chin HSPH, Dominic LoRusso, Director of Health Partnerships for Consumer Reports Health and Choosing Wisely. Boston MA. Sept 29, 2017.


Recent Publications

September 1, 2015

Walker ED, Cavallari JM, Hart JE, Laden F. The Characterization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Northeastern U.S. Trucking Terminals. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, In Press.

Zhang J, Cavallari JM, Fang SC, Lin X, Mittleman MA, Christiani DC Application of linear mixed-effects model with Lasso to identify metal components associated with cardiac autonomic responses among welders: a repeated measures study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, In Press.

Walker ED, Cavallari JM, Laden F, Koutrakis P, Newmark M, Luna M, Hart J. Characterizing Sound Levels Overall and Across the Frequency Spectrum in an Urban Community near Major Transportation Networks. Plos One, In Press.

Award Announcements

Drs. Jennifer Cavallari and Alicia Dugan of UConn Health were recently awarded a grant entitled “Changes in the way we work: the non-standard workday and worker and family health” from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This 2.5 year grant will study the impacts of extended and irregular work days (EIWD) on workers’ and families’ health and well-being. A survey will be distributed amongst workers and their families within transportation, corrections, and manufacturing industries. Design teams will be used to plan intervention strategies that address the effects of EIWD.

Paula Schenck, M.P.H received an award from the Connecticut Department of Public Health for providing collaborative and consultative expertise in occupational illness and injury surveillance, intervention and education.