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​Research to Impact Public Health Policy & Practice

The CWEND GeoHealth Hub includes partner institutions in Southeast Asia and the United States.

CWEND GeoHealth Hub Core

Mahidol University Faculty of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Health Sciences CWEND projects have included our U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty R21 funded project on Brain Disorders in the Developing World (R21 HD060520-01A1) and our current GEOHealth Hub planning grant  (1R24TW009558-01) on Occupational Health Research, Policy & Capacity Building in Thailand),


Principal Investigators :

Dr. Pornpimol Kongtip, chair of the only PhD program in Occupational Health and Safety in Thailand (begun in 2012) at Mahidol University, Faculty of Public Health, Department of Occupational Health and Safety, where she has taught for over 20 years.  Dr. Kongtip has conducted many research projects related to environmental and biological monitoring in the general population and among workers in industries within Thailand, and was recently nominated for the prestigious Thailand Research Fund Senior Researcher award. 


Dr. Susan Woskie, Director of the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Woskie has been on the graduate faculty for 24 years where she led the ABET certification process for the occupational and environmental hygiene program at UMass Lowell. She has collaborated in many large occupational and environmental epidemiologic and intervention studies over the past 30 years, and has served on many government review panels including those for the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine, the National Toxicology Program, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Cancer Institute.


GeoHealth Hub Partners in Thailand

The Ministry of Public Health, Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Disease and the Ministry of Labor. Department of Labor Protection and Welfare have participated in the GeoHealth Hub planning grant workshops and as members of the GeoHealth Advisory Board. The Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Research Group has also participated in the GeoHealth Hub planning grant as an advisor on regulations and analytical methods for pesticides


Through ThaiPHEIN (Thai Public health Education Institutes Network) CWEND expanded during our GeoHealth Hub planning grant to include 3 more university partners in Thailand:Prince of Songkla University; Suranaree University of Technology; and Naresuan University; as well as 5 general hospitals in 4 regions:Hat Yai Hospital; Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima  Hospital;  Phutthachinnarat Hospital;  Samut Sakhorn Hospital and Nopparat Hospital.


GeoHealth Hub Partners in the United States

Rutgers University  had a Thailand based Fogarty funded ITREOH Center directed by Dr Mark Robson for over 15 years and Dr. Fiedler (Rutgers) had a Fogarty R21 project on Brain Disorders in the Developing World. These colleagues have recently joined our expanding CWEND research and training activities.

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine and Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine have  two residency programs that combine academic/practicum experiences through the internationally respected Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Colleagues at Mt. Sinai have recently joined our expanding CWEND GeoHealth Hub network.


GeoHealth Hub Partners in Southeast Asia

As we develop our research portfolio and training initiatives, the CWEND-GEOHealth Hub has begun to utilize several key Southeast Asia public health networks (SEAPHEIN, APACPH) to disseminate our research and to expand our research and training programs, including our short term training opportunities. We anticipate initial expansion of our research program to the University of Indonesia Faculty of Public Health in Depok West Java Indonesia and the YARSI University Faculty of Medicine in Jakarta Indonesia. Through SEAPHEIN, APACPH and the previous Rutgers ITROEH program we have identified several other potential international partners in Cambodia,  Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam.

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