The research of the CWEND GeoHealth Hub has focused on occupational and environmental health issues faced in the informal work sector in Thailand, including agriculture, home-based work, craft work and street vendors. In addition, we have developed research into the occupational health issues faced by health care workers. In the future, we plan to expand our research to other Southeast Asian countries and to include other environmental health topics.
The Mahidol/UMass Lowell Center for Work, Environment, Nutrition and Human Development (CWEND) was created to initiate research into human health and development, as it is impacted by the intersection of exposures or other factors in the environment, work, home and nutrition of populations in the developing world. Our particular focus is on Occupational and Environmental Health in Thailand and Southeast Asia and our center is in Bangkok Thailand.
Our CWEND GeoHealth Hub Center is focused building capacity to provide research that aids in developing new policy initiatives in occupational and environmental health, as well as providing research to inform public health practices. We want to share our findings and our research tools as widely as possible.
CWEND is excited to report that we have received 5 years of funding from the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institues of Health to continue to develop and expand our GEOHealth Hub for Occupational & Environmental Health in Southeast Asia. Our focus will be "Improving Agricultural Health in Southeast Asia". Our project will involve a research study (see under Research Tab ) as well as a post-doctoral training program (see under Training Tab).
IMPORTANT DATES: For our new GEOHealth Hub Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Environmental & Occupational Health for Junior Faculty & Staff to Work with Home Country & United States Mentors on Research 4th Round of Trainees Applications due April 1, 2018; Decisions by April 30, 2018; Training begins June 4, 2018; Travel to the United States will start August 20-31, 2018 . See the Training Program Tab for more information.
Mahidol-UMass Lowell Center for Work, Environment, Nutrition and Human Development (CWEND)
The goal of the Mahidol-University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell Center for Work, Environment, Nutrition and Human Development (CWEND) is to be the Southeast Asia GeoHealth Hub for research, training, and curriculum development in Occupational and Environmental Health.
By developing an interdisciplinary network of scientists and policy-makers we intend to address occupational and environmental health concerns in employment sectors that are key to the economies of all Southeast Asian countries: the informal sector, including agriculture, and the health care sector.
Our focus is to develop and expand our research portfolio to ensure the connection of research to policy development and research to public health practice.
SEAsia Map for CWEND GeoHealth Hub
Map of Countries in CWEND GeoHealth Hub for Occupational Health and Environmental Health Research
Rice Farmers in Thailand
Agricultural workers in CWEND GeoHealth Hub Project for Occupational Health and Environmental Health Research Project in Thailand and Southeast Asia (SEasia)
Under our Fogarty International Institute GEOHealth Hub funding we have begun a Post-Doctoral training program where trainees work with a Thai and US mentors to develop and conduct an agricultural health research project and develop a strong collaborative research team. Trainees go to the US to work with their US Mentor for 6 months. Upon returning to Thailand, they will complete data collection, analysis and manuscript writing in collaboration with their US and Thai mentors
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News from CWEND
November 2017: As collaborator and mentor in the GEOHealth Hub, Dr Karl Matthews, Professors at Rutgers University Department of Food Science presented a seminar to over 50 attendees at Mahdiol University. The topic was Protecting Public Health through Food Science. These seminars are part of the ongoing exchanges between partners in the GEOHealth Hub.
News from CWEND
September 2017 : GEOHealth Hub Co-PI Dr Susan Woskie received an honorary Ph.D. in Occupational Health and Safety at Mahidol University Bangkok Thailand