Continuing Education, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, safety and health

Health from the Soil Up! August 9th, 2018

Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel

Berkeley, CA

Thursday August 9th, 2018 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Agenda, Speakers, and more information here

Farms shape our health through nutrients, soil, water, air, climate, economy, and community.

Given the close links among our health, the foods we grow, how we grow them, and how we process and distribute them, it is surprising how little collaboration there is between medicine and agriculture. This needs to change to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer; build health equity; offer nutrient-dense food to a growing population; and protect and restore the environment for the long-term health of our species.

The Colloquium

This program helps practitioners, policy makers, educators, researchers, and innovators in medicine, public health, nutrition, and agriculture explore “common ground” to find solutions that nourish people by nourishing the soil. Participants will learn about the complex workings of our food production and distribution systems and their effects on human health. They will acquire a foundational vocabulary, an understanding of the existing science, and a set of tools that enable them to begin to work together to build “health-centered” agriculture.

Who should attend?

Practitioners, researchers, educators, innovators, policy makers, advocates, funders, and administrators in health care, public health, nutrition, and agriculture who believe that collaboration between health care and agriculture is necessary to improve our health and the health of our environment.

An attendee completing this course will be able to:

  • Describe the role of farming systems in supporting human health and human nutrition
  • Appraise evidence of the impact of soil ecosystems and plant nutrition on the human gut microbiome and human health, including experiments, observational studies, and theory
  • Explain how farming systems and farm conditions affect farmworker health, and pulmonary health in particular, in light of various forms of evidence
  • Examine how food safety rules can support or undermine public health, and sustainable food and farm systems
  • Describe opportunities to improve public health policy to promote farming systems that improve health outcomes and nutrition
  • Describe how farm-to-clinic programs and farm prescriptions can benefit farms and patients




The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 7.5 contact hours.

Continuing Education, Occupational Health

COEH Celebrates 40 Years!

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Every year, thousands of California workers become injured or ill due to work. While fatal workplace injuries have been on a downward trend since 1999, preventable workplace fatalities still occur. In the years ahead, climate change, social disparities, and the changing world of work will present new challenges to health and safety professionals tasked with protecting public health.

For the last 40 years, faculty, researchers, and students at the Northern Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) have conducted vital research to help inform state policy, provided education and training to protect vulnerable workers, and promoted health and safety in California’s workplaces.

“During the past four decades, COEH researchers have had a major impact on work-related musculoskeletal injury in multiple work settings, including computer work, farm work, clothing manufacture, and construction. Reduction of injuries has resulted from the design of ergonomically improved work stations and tools. Our work has also contributed to efforts to protect farm workers and their communities from the hazards of pesticide and heat exposures. COEH researchers have provided the scientific evidence that led OSHA to establish a stricter exposure limit for benzene. We also have contributed important experimental evidence to support EPA air quality standards.” John Balmes, Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Berkeley)

“The COEH is proud of its important role in conducting research on the causes of occupational and environmental disease, educating future practitioners and the public and translating its findings into policies and programs to reduce illness and injury.” Marc Schenker, Founding Director, Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (UC Davis)

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, COEH at UC Berkeley and UC Davis will be hosting a joint symposium in Sacramento, California on May 4 & May 5, 2018. The symposium will celebrate occupational health successes, and look ahead to explore emerging occupational and environmental health issues.

Continuing education credits are available, visit to learn more.


Friday, May 4:

Day one of the symposium will feature moderated panel discussions on topics such as climate change and health, animal health and human infectious disease risk, community outreach and engagement, sexual harassment and assault at work, and the prevention of injuries though ergonomics. Course content is intended for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals including occupational medicine physicians and mid-level practitioners, occupational health nurses, registered environmental health specialists, industrial hygienists, and certified safety professionals.


Saturday, May 5:

Day two of the symposium will explore current topics in occupational and environmental medicine. Topics include the health impacts of wildfires, emerging treatments for myofascial pain, managing co-morbidities in the workplace, and updates in the examination of commercial drivers, among others. Course content is intended for clinicians including MD, DO, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and allied health professionals.

Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health

IH Forum: E-Cigarettes: Policy, Toxicology, and Occupational Health and Safety

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Title: E-Cigarettes: Policy, Toxicology, and Occupational Health and Safety

Cost: $60


This presentation will explore the current landscape of e-cigarette use and policies, and occupational health and safety concerns.

Objectives:Explore the current landscape of e-cigarette use and policies

  • Identify toxicological concerns of vaping e-liquids
  • Summarize current findings of exposure assessment conducted in e-cigarette vape shops in the Bay Area
  • Develop an understanding of worker health and safety in these emerging occupational environments

ABIH – ABIH® Diplomates can earn up to 2.75 of contact hours for this event. Visit /maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.

Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this event for 2.75 contact hours.

Occupational Health

Launch of Free, On-Line Physician CE Course

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“DIR has launched an online physician continuing education course to improve understanding of the medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS) and the IMR and utilization review (UR) processes. The course provides free CME credit.

“We continue to evaluate IMR decisions to ensure optimal care for patients, particularly with opioids,” said DWC Executive Medical Director Dr. Raymond Meister. “Helping physicians understand and follow the MTUS will improve results for injured workers.”

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