Your Donation Helps!
Thank you for considering a contribution to our Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH). This internationally-recognized Center is structured to enhance the health and safety of workers and their families and also provide healthy environments in communities. It is like many other School of Medicine organizations in that it receives approximately 7% of its operating budget from higher education support by the state of Utah. Another 33% of support comes from a grant by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in recognition of the quality and effectiveness of RMCOEH’s education, research, and service programs. That means 60% of its financial needs must be met by gifts from donors, by other grants, by contributions from the Utah Workers Compensation Fund and other agencies providing Workers’ Compensation Insurance, through direct funding by the Utah legislature, and from other groups that recognize the impact of RMCOEH’s graduates on reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. Donations enable us to continue current programs and also support our efforts to increase the number of our graduates that will provide important benefits to so many.
Many of our faculty provide contributions, and we invite you join them. In particular, former occupational medicine director, Richard E. Johns, MD, MPH established a scholarship in his name that provides tuition and other support to student recipients. Similarly, the former Center Director, Royce Moser, Jr., MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus established the Royce and Lois Moser student scholarship to assist students working to obtain their degrees. The Jeff Lee Memorial Fund awards student scholarships in industrial hygiene. Awards from these three scholarships go directly to students to help them meet the expenses of their education programs. You may contribute to these named scholarships or to the general RMCOEH fund that supports our education and research activities. Of course, all donations are tax deductible.
Background of the Rocky Mountain Center
The Center was established in 1977 to meet the need for an interdisciplinary occupational and environmental health program in the Intermountain West. Its mission then, as it is now, was to protect the worker and the environment through interdisciplinary education, research, and service. Faculty include specialists in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, occupational injury prevention, and ergonomics and safety. Members conduct master and PhD education programs in these four disciplines and also in control and removal of hazardous waste. The RMCOEH has had over 550 academic graduates, and over 50% of these individuals remain in the Intermountain West, primarily in Utah. In addition to the graduate education programs, faculty provide continuing education programs for over 5,000 health and safety professionals each year, enabling these specialists to apply the latest advances in occupational and environmental health and safety to help prevent illnesses and injuries at work and in environments contaminated by pollutants.
During the most recent fiscal year, the RMCOEH also provided direct support to over 2,000 Utah businesses. This support includes a program where faculty and students work in a specific business to help the company resolve a health or safety concern. In some respects, these efforts are “stealth” activities in that the work is not publicized in order to avoid misinterpretation of the situation by the public.
Once established, the Center was rapidly recognized for the quality of its faculty and programs. In 1978, the year after it was founded, the Rocky Mountain Center was one of the first such efforts to be designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an Education and Research Center (ERC). The Center continues to enjoy this national designation to this day. During both of the two most recent evaluations by NIOSH, the Rocky Mountain Center received the highest scores of any of the eight other prestigious universities’ competing centers evaluated. In essence our Center is a “National Treasure for Occupational and Environmental Health”. We are pleased you are considering joining us in our efforts to bring better health and safety to individuals, to families, and to communities.