Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) &

Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center) 


2nd Annual Southwest Centers Occupational Health Research Symposium via Webex
Friday, June 10, 2022 -   8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Keynote Speaker: Paul Schulte, PhD, NIOSH


Occupational Safety and Health in the context of “well-being” and “decent work”



This session is FREE, and open to all.


Please register in advance and check your email inbox for Webex connection information.

Learning Objectives

Target Audience: Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals and Students

Continuing Education Units:
Determination of credit is pending for CEUs and CME

At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the primary challenges found in the field of occupational health and safety
  • Outline the key concepts in the innovative research presented during the symposium
  • Hypothesize how the results of one or more of these projects potentially impacts clinical practice
  • Propose novel approaches for enhancing knowledge, skills and clinical applications




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Date: Friday, June 10, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM -12:00 PM CDT

Keynote Speaker




Paul Schulte

Consultant, NIOSH


Dr. Paul Schulte is a consultant and former Director of the Division of Science Integration and Co-Manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Schulte has 40 years of experience in conducting research and developing guidance on occupational cancer, nanomaterials, risk communication, workplace well-being, and genetics. He also has examined the convergence of occupational safety and health and green chemistry and sustainability. He is the co-editor of the textbook, Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices. Dr. Schulte has served as guest editor of the Journal of Occupational Medicine and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and was on the initial editorial board of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. He is currently on the International Advisory Board of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene. Dr. Schulte has developed various frameworks for addressing the aging workforce, burden of occupational disease and injury, well-being of the workforce, and translation research and synthetic biology and occupational risk.

Awardee Presentations

Presentations by Pilot Projects Research Training Awardees:


Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Neoliberalism & its impact for Gulf Coast fishermen's health


Kimberly Prado, PhD, MPH
University of Texas at Austin
Texas Agricultural Workers Cardiovascular Disease Perceptions, risk, and Health Seeking Behavior


Luann Racher, MD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Occupational Exposure to Aerosolized Human Papilloma Virus: Assessing and Addressing Perceptions and Barriers to Vaccination of At-Risk Health Care Workers


Kaysey Aguilar, PhD
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Musculoskeletal discomfort, physical activity, and workstation type: A follow-up study of traditional office worker after long-term remote work


Mark Wilson, PhD
Tulane University
Physiological and psychological impacts of fabric face masks in the occupational environment: an assessment of real perceived heat stress, cardiovascular load, and work rate


Daisy Rosero, MPH
The University of New Mexico
Organic farmers survey health life COVID-19 survey


Nishita Sinha, PhD
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Risk perceptions and safety training in agricultural aviation


Itamar Lerner, PhD

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Investigating objective measures of habitual pre-trauma sleep as potential risk factors for future PTSD


Bethany Alcauter, PhD

National Center for Farmworker Health
Heat Stress and kidney Function among construction workers in Texas

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Your Best Response to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health and in 2019 a NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliate. Visit www.SWCOEH.org to learn more about our graduate-level education in environmental and occupational health, research, and continuing education and outreach programs, designed to promote and improve health, safety, and well-being in the workplace and the community.

The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center) was created in late 1995 at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler to serve Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas as part of a program initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The initiative established a network of centers, funded on a competitive basis, to conduct programs of research, prevention, intervention, education and outreach designed to reduce occupational injuries and diseases among agricultural workers and their families. Vanessa Casanova, PhD, currently serves as the Center Director.

About the Pilot Projects Research Training Program




The goal of the Pilot Projects Research Training Program is to enhance Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) regional outreach efforts in research training and to foster stronger inter-institutional ties in occupational health research within Public Health Region 6 (PHR 6) (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). The Program is directed by Jenil Patel, MBBS, MPH, PhD.

The objective of the program is to provide a support mechanism for pilot research projects initiated by:


  • Junior faculty exploring the feasibility of new research approaches that may allow investigators to collect preliminary data to subsequently develop larger grant applications
  • Graduate research trainees that need partial or supplementary funding to complete or enhance short term studies (e.g., doctoral dissertation research); and/or
  • Faculty in areas other than occupational health research who wish to transition or expand their research interest to workers' health issues (“new faculty investigators”).


SW Ag Center


The Feasibility Studies Program within the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (SW Ag Center) offers funding for R21 type projects focused on agriculture, forestry, and/or commercial fishing (AFF) occupational safety and health in Public Health Region 6. The program incorporates mentoring opportunities for AFF researchers and provides critical data for future research. The Program is directed by Kevin Moore, PhD.

The goals of the feasibility studies program are:

  • Identify and mentor new/junior researchers to conduct innovative research, intervention, and translation projects in AFF worker safety/health.
  • Support projects that provide data for innovative approaches to improve AFF occupational safety and health that justify further research.
  • Promote mentoring relationships between junior and established scientists to build capacity for AFF occupational safety and health careers

Contact Us

For additional symposium information contact:

Silvia P. Santiago, MAHS

Pilot Project Coordinator

Continuing Education Coordinator


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