April 2015 Newsletter - Occupational and Environmental Health

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April 1, 2015
Inside this Issue:
Upcoming Talks
Clinic & Services
The next CICATS OSH CIG Trends in Occupational Health meeting will be held on
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Location will be the Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd floor Large Conference Room #S2010.
This month’s topic will be “Workplace Violence”. Please email Jennifer Garza
([email protected]) or Mazen El Ghaziri ([email protected]) for more information.
Upcoming Connecticut Conference
We have exciting news about the upcoming “Shatter the Silence”: Connecticut
conference on workplace assault and violence on April 2, 2015. Jordan Barab, Deputy
Assistant Director of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health will be addressing
the conference on the new OSHA recommendations on workplace assault and
This conference, sponsored by ConnectiCOSH, the CT AFL-CIO, and the Occupational
Safety and Health Core Interest Group will explore strategies to reduce the
occurrences of workplace assault and violence by discussing how to strengthen
worker protections, a worker's legal rights, and how to establish programs in your
For those of you who weren't able to attend the first conference, this will be an
opportunity for you to join with others to address an issue that affects all workers in
every line of work. It will be held at the UA Local 777, 450 Murdock Avenue, Meriden,
CT. This is a free conference and includes lunch.
Hope that you can join us.
Pamela Puchalski
Coordinator, ConnectiCOSH
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Please join : Jay R. Poliner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, an occupational physician with a consulting practice based in
West Hartford, CT. He has taught in the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s
NRCME training courses since December 2012 in which over 600 licensed healthcare providers throughout New
England have participated. He also participates in the NRCME’s National Registry Champions program to
encourage licensed healthcare providers to become certified MEs.
Co-presenter with Dr. Poliner will be Dr. Pooja Luthra, an Assistant Professor of medicine in the
Division of Endocrinology at UConn Health. She is actively involved in the Endocrine Fellowship
program and teaching and training of medical students, residents and fellows.
She has special interest in managing patient with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, intensifying
insulin treatment and insulin pump therapy.
Her other interests include Thyroid disorders and bone and metabolic disorders including
They will be presenting a seminar on Wednesday, 4/1/2015.
Title of Talk: “Avoiding Disqualification of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver with Diabetes: Diet medication, or
insulin exemption”.
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Outpatient Pavilion Large Conference Room, 2nd floor, Rm S2010
**Lunch will be provided** (sponsored by CICATS and the Occupational Health & Safety Core Interest Group),
Please RSVP for this event please contact Miriam Muniz at [email protected]
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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 4/23/15
Our next invited guest speaker for our Colloquium series is: Dr. Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Dr. Jane Lipscomb is Professor, University of Maryland Schools of Nursing and Medicine and
Director of the UMB Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning (CCBEL). She has
conducted research into the prevention of occupational injuries and illness in the health care and
social service workplace for over twenty years, with a focus on workplace violence prevention. She is
author of the recently published book “Not Part of the Job: “How to Take a Stand Against Violence in the Work Setting”.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Lipscomb spent three years as a senior scientist in the Office of the Director of the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and five years at the University of California, at San Francisco (UCSF)
School of Nursing, as Assistant Professor and Director of the graduate program in Occupational Health Nursing. Dr. Lipscomb
received her BSN from Boston College, her MS in occupational health from Boston University/Harvard School of Public
Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Lipscomb is the recipient of the University
Of Maryland’s 2008 Founders Day Research Lecturer Award. In 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium
She will be presenting a seminar on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm;
Title of Talk: “Workplace Violence: Research and Policy Initiatives”
Location will be at The Outpatient Pavilion 2nd floor East, Large Conference Room #S2010.
Lunch is provided, sponsored by CICATS and the Occupational Health and Safety Core Interest Group; to RSVP please
email Miriam at [email protected]
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Kersten, L., Cislo, A., Lynch, M., Shea, K., Trestman, RL, (2014). “Evaluating START NOW: A
Skills-Based Psychotherapy for Inmates”, Psychiatric Services, in press.
 Trestman, RL, Appelbaum, K., Metzner, J., presented “Evolution of Correctional
Psychiatry: A Curriculum for the Next Generation of Correctional Psychiatrists”, presented
at the 8th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, March, 2015.
 Virdi, S., Trestman, RL., presented “Personality Disorders in the Corrections Population”,
presented at the 8th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health,
March, 2015.
 Robert Trestman , PhD, M.D. will be at the Babbidge Library, UConn, Storrs Campus to
present “Global Health & Human Rights talk: "The Ethics of Constrained Choice: Improved
Health During Incarceration" , April 1, 2015.
 Michael Erdil, MD, FACOEM will be at the following meetings:
 Harvard School of Public Health, Grand Rounds, to present “Case Presentation and Provider
Return to Work Considerations Following Low Back Injury”. Boston MA. April 3, 2015.
 Massachusetts Medical Society’s Annual Public Health Leadership Forum. “The Opioid
Epidemic: Policy and Public Health”. “Alternatives to Opioids”, April 8, 2015.
 Dana Farr, Research Assistant, poster proposal, “Peer Health Mentoring in the Corrections
Workplace: Development, Implementation, and Initial Findings,” was accepted for
presentation at the eleventh international Conference on Occupational Stress and Health,
“Work, Stress, and Health: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations”
conference in Atlanta, GA, occurring May 6-9, 2015. This conference is convened by the
American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.
Barnes-Farrell, J. Ph.D. (2015, March) presented “Work Stress and Health Issues for an
Aging Workforce.” Invited speaker, 10th Annual Midwestern Conference on Professional
Psychology. Owatonna, MN on March 27, 2015.