What is AOEC?
Since its founding in 1987, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) has grown to a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research.
The chief long term goal of AOEC is to facilitate the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmental illnesses and injuries through collaborative reporting and investigation of health problems. Currently AOEC receives significant financial support through multi-year cooperative agreements with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ATSDR and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH .
Under these agreements AOEC members develop curriculum materials in occupational and environmental health and provide Education Activities (EA) programs for primary care practitioners and others. Subcontracts in these areas are awarded to AOEC clinic and individual members. Complementing that effort is the establishment of a growing lending library of course outlines, handouts, slides and videotapes available to members who are preparing their own presentations. Members are encouraged to make such presentations to appropriate audiences and are reimbursed for their efforts.
AOEC is committed to expanding its presence at the national level by keeping members informed about developments within federal government and by coordinating involvement in legislative and regulatory hearings and other proceedings which are of interest and/or potential benefit to our membership. AOEC publishes a quarterly newsletter for all members which is supplemented by direct mailings when events warrant. The Occupational-Environmental- Medicine List OEM-List and the AOEC web presence are part of the ongoing communications efforts of the AOEC.