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CARERC Announces Newly Funded Pilot Research Projects

The faculty and staff of the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) are pleased to announce five newly funded pilot research projects as of February 2014. These five projects address

  • occupational safety and health risks to volunteer firefighters in Kentucky,

  • potential for zoonotic disease transmission among farmers and other outdoor workers,

  • first responder access to remote work sites in forestry and logging,

  • heat stress prevention among migrant and seasonal Hispanic farm workers, and

  • potential exposure of clinical healthcare personnel to antineoplastic agents.

In so doing, these projects address strategic aims of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA II). These aims include, but are not limited to, improving sector- and state-based occupational disease and injury surveillance, promoting risk-hazard reduction in forestry and logging, reducing injury and disease exposures among workers due to circumstances that may limit their options for safeguarding their safety and health, and promoting prevention through design (PtD).

CARERC exists to provide state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary occupational safety and health research, education, and training opportunities for stakeholders in 177 high-need counties of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and Virginia. We look forward to the results of these interdisciplinary pilot studies, and we welcome these investigators to our growing network of regional collaborators:

An Occupational Risk Assessment for Kentucky Appalachian Firefighters
William (Bill) Goetz, Ed.D.; Joan Mazur, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
College of Education

Avian-Livestock Links in the Demography of Zoonotic Bacteria and Their Implications for Farmworker Health
David F. Westneat, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Biology

Developing a Web‐based Application to Generate Automated Access Routes from Timber Harvesting Sites to Emergency Personnel Locations
Jeffrey Stringer, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Forestry

Development of a Culturally Effective Educational Program in the Prevention of Heat Stress among Spanish Speaking Hispanic Farm Workers in Rural East Tennessee Sharon Loury, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.
Kenneth Silver, D.Sc.
East Tennessee State University

Exposure Assessments and Evaluation and Implementation of an Oncology Nurse Communication and Training Program at the University of Tennessee Medical Cancer Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Martin D. Barrie, J.D., Ph.D.
Senior Epidemiologist/Scientist
Oak Ridge Associated Universities

These newly funded projects are welcomed in addition to ongoing work funded through the 2013–2014 Feasibility Projects Program of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (09/30/13–09/29/14):

Sun Protection Behaviors among Hispanic Farmworkers
Greg Kearney, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
East Carolina University
Brody School of Medicine

Effects of Obesity on the Work and Safety of Farmers
Sharon Hunsucker, R.N., M.S.N., A.R.N.P.
University of Kentucky
College of Nursing

Integration of Cost-Effective ROPS (CROPS) Construction and Installations into Agricultural Mechanics Courses
Stacy Vincent, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Environmental Impacts on Effectiveness of Permethrin-treated Clothing Used by Foresters to Prevent Mosquito Bites (phase 1 funded through CARERC in 2012–2013) Stephanie L. Richards, M.S.E.H., Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Environmental Health Sciences Program

West Virginia Logger Hazard Awareness and Injury Risk Perception
Marc D. Fullen, Ed.D., C.S.P.
West Virginia University

The Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention and its annual feasibility projects program are funded through CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement 5U54OH007547. Director: David M. Mannino, M.D.; Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health; University of Kentucky; College of Public Health.

The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center is a joint project of the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. CARERC is funded by CDC/NIOSH Training Program Grant T42OH010278. Director: Wayne T. Sanderson, C.I.H., Ph.D.; Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology; University of Kentucky; College of Public Health; Room 213B, 111 Washington Avenue; Lexington, Kentucky 40536. Phone: 859-218-2227.

For more information about the pilot projects listed here, please visit us online or contact CARERC Pilot Projects Program, c/o Teresa A. Donovan, M.P.H., tdono2@uky.edu.