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Our Advisory Board Director, Dr. Linda Forst, was interviewed by ProPublica in an article discussing the higher rates of job related injuries for temporary workers. Read the Article 



  • Environmental and Occupational Health Science (EOHS) at UIC
  • Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Illinois Education and Research Center
  • University of Illinois School of Public Health

    Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program  

    The Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program was established to prevent occupational illnesses and injuries in the State, with a primary focus on underserved worker populations.

    Our objectives are to: strengthen collaborations that promote awareness of occupational health among workers, businesses, worker advocates, and state agencies; enhance the use of State and Federal data sources; conduct and disseminate results of secondary data analysis and primary research; establish a system for setting intervention priorities; inform and be informed by stakeholders;  and continuously evaluate, study, and update the system.

    Our partnerships with state and local health departments, the workers compensation commission, hospitals and trauma centers, and worker advocates will allow us to report Occupational Health Indicators annually. The partnerships also allows us to:

    • Establish a dynamic advisory board from government, business, academic centers, unions, non-profits, worker groups, and trauma centers
    • Utilize trauma registry and ambulance databases as primary data sources
    • Link records across databases to conduct more informative, complex data analysis
    • Disseminate findings through websites, a list of stakeholders, national conferences, publications, and courses
    • Promote occupational health surveillance in the National EMS database and National Trauma Database
    • Engage in priority setting activities with the Advisory Board based on surveillance results, literature reviews, and input from other state programs
    • Apply for grants to promote our collaborative activities.

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