May 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018

7:00pm – 3:00am

Betty Irene School of Nursing, Room 1800 2570 48th St Sacramento, California 95817 United States

COEH Builds Bridges: Four Decades of Progress in the California Workplace 

Friday, May 4th, 2018: 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Saturday, May 5th, 2018: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

For the last 40 years, faculty, researchers and students at Northern California’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) have conducted vital research to help inform state policy, provided education and training to protect vulnerable workers, and promoted health and safety in California’s workplaces. 

Progress has been made over the last four decades, but there continues to be a need for the COEH’s research, training and education. Every year, thousands of California workers become injured or ill due to work, and preventable workplace fatalities still occur.  In the years ahead, climate change, social disparities, and the changing world of work will present new challenges to health and safety professionals tasked with protecting public health.

This joint symposium presented by UC Berkeley and UC Davis will celebrate occupational health successes to prevent injury and illness, and look ahead to explore emerging occupational and environmental health issues in California.

Day one of the symposium will feature moderated panel discussions on topics such as climate change and health, animal health and human infectious disease risk, community outreach and engagement, sexual harassment and assault at work, and the prevention of injuries through ergonomics.

Day two of the symposium will explore current topics in occupational and environmental medicine. Topics include the health impacts of wildfires, emerging treatments for myofascial pain, managing co-morbidities in the workplace, and updates in the examination of the commercial drivers, among others.

Standard Registration Fees:

Friday, May 4: $85.00 (includes lunch)
Saturday, May 5: $325.00 (includes lunch, CME available)
Friday & Saturday: $375.00

Student / Resident Registration Fees:
Friday, May 4: $60.00
Saturday, May 5: $200.00

This event is made possible through the joint providership of The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Berkeley, and The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Davis.


Friday, May 4, 2018

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration, Check-In

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM: Four Decades of Milestones and Accomplishments with John Balmes, MD, Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

9:10 AM – 9:25 AM: Worker Safety: How Science and Advocacy Inform Law-Making to Protect Workplace Safety with Senator William Monning

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: The Intersection of Work and Environment – A Moderated Session

Session Topics:


  • Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Worker Health and Safety with Kent Pinkerton, PhD, Director, Center for Health and Environment, UC Davis
  • What Will Rural and Urban Farming in the 21st Century Look Like? How Can We Keep Our Workforce Safe? with Woutrina Smith, BA, DVM, MPVM, PhD, One Health Institute, UC Davis
  • Climate Effects on Outdoor Workers: Evidence from the California Heat Illness Prevention Study with Sally Moyce, RN, PhD, Samuel Merritt University
  • Moderated by Paul English, PhD, MPH, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, California Department of Public Health

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Community Outreach and Engagement – A Moderated Session

Session Topics:

  • Recipe for Change: Participatory Research, Community Capacity, and Getting to Impact in San Francisco’s Chinatown with Charlotte Chang, DrPH, MPH, Associate Project Scientist and Coordinator of Research to Practice and Evaluation, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
  • Time’s Up: Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Low-Wage Industries with Alejandra Domenzain, MA, Program Coordinator, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
  • The Women Firefighter Biomonitoring Collaborative: Advancing the Rigor, Relevance, and Reach of Exposure Science through Community Driven Research with Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • Moderated by Laura Stock, MPH, Director, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley

12:25 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch (included with registration)

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: 40 Years of the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS): Program Overview and Focus on Early Chemical Warning with Saeher Muzaffar, MD, MS, MPH, Chief, Hazard Evaluation System & Information Service, California Department of Public Health

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Prevention of Injuries in Vulnerable Populations – A Moderated Session

Session Topics:

  • Reducing Injuries in Office Workers: Helping Workers by Improving the Design of Mice, Keyboards, and Laptops with Peter Johnson, PhD, MS, Department of Environmental and Occupational and Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • California Labor-Intensive Agriculture: Musculoskeletal Disorders Risk Factors and Interventions with Fadi Fathallah, PhD, Associate Director, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, UC Davis
  • Ergonomics Research of Hotel Housekeepers: From Practice to Policy with Carisa Harris Adamson, PhD, Director, UC San Francisco / UC Berkeley Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program
  • Moderated by Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, Chief, Occupational Health and Surveillance and Evaluation Program, Occupational Health Branch, CA Department of Public Health

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Registration, Check-In

8:00 AM – 8:05 AM: Welcome

8:05 AM – 9:10 AM: Driving Me Crazy: Navigating FMCSA Regulations and the Commercial Driver Exam with Chang Rim Na, MD, Kaiser Permanente and ACOEM Transportation section member; Taha Ahmad, MD, MPH, Chief of Service, Kaiser Permanente; and Andrew Greenwood, MD, Kaiser Permanente

9:10 AM – 9:55 AM: Insidious Injuries of the Hand and Wrist: Scaphoid fractures and other causes of radial-sided wrist pain with Christopher Bayne, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis

9:55 AM – 10:40 AM: AgrAbility: Shifting the Paradigm from Disability to Hope with Fadi Fathallah, Associate Director, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, UC Davis

10:40 AM – 10:55 AM: Break

10:55 AM – 11:40 AM: I See a Change: Visual Ergonomics in an Aging Workforce with Glenn Yiu, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, UC Davis Health

11:40 AM – 12:35 AM: How to Prevent Unneeded Surgeries: A Fresh Look at Myofascial Pain with Constantine (Dean) Gean, Stephen Levit, and Jules Steimnitz, MD

12:35 PM – 1:20 PM: Lunch (included with registration)

1:20 PM – 2:05 PM: Epidemics and Immunizations: Breaking News on Hepatitis A and Flu with Stuart Cohen, Infectious Disease Chief, UC Davis

2:05 PM – 2:50 PM: A Season of Smoke: The Pulmonary Health Effects of California’s Wildfires with Kent Pinkerton, Director, Center for Health and Environment, UC Davis

2:50 PM – 3:05 PM: Break

3:05 PM – 3:50 PM: What Not to Miss: The Top 10 Plain Film Findings in Occupational Medicine with Steven Wang, MD, Kaiser Permanente

3:50 PM – 4:35 PM: Treating the Whole Person: Co-Morbidity in Occupational Medicine with Sarah Mansell, Kaiser Permanente

4:35 PM – 5:00 PM: Key Takeaways: Review & Maintenance of Certification Quiz