Thomas Cordon

Dear OHIP Team, 

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Thomas Cordon, and I had the privilege of serving with OHIP back in 2015. During my time with the program, I was stationed to work with 1199 SEIU in New York, where I collaborated with union workers at NYC hospitals on investigating various issues among union workers and health-related work conditions.

Since then, I’ve taken a unique path. Later in 2015, I matriculated into a Naturopathic Medical Doctor program in Arizona. As an NMD (preceptee), MPH health professional, my current focus is on chronic pain, environmental medicine, and gastrointestinal health. OHIP played a crucial role in shaping my perspective on the impact of occupation on health, and I carry those lessons with me in my current endeavors.

I want to express my gratitude for the valuable updates you’ve provided over the years. Your information has been incredibly helpful. 

Thank you for your time and assistance. I look forward to staying connected and potentially contributing to the OHIP community once again.

Best regards,
Thomas Cordon

Kathleen Rest, Founder – Jan 11, 2024

Kathleen Rest, PhD, MPA

Back in 1987, a small group of occupational and environmental health (OEH) friends and colleagues sat around a table and envisioned an independent and collaborative network of clinics and individuals committed to enhancing the practice of OEH through education, research, service, and training. From this discussion, AOEC was born, and I couldn’t be prouder to have been one of its founders. 

AOEC has put its founders’ hopes and dreams into practice. Responding to disasters and emergencies; providing expertise, assistance, and resources to organizations, practitioners, and communities; collecting and sharing data and information; participating in injury and disease surveillance efforts; developing curriculum and training materials for primary care professionals and others; creating an internship program to foster a pipeline of OEH professionals; advocating for OEH policies and practice; and more. 

As our country grapples with complex occupational and environmental health problems and issues, AOEC is a valuable national resource. It stands at the ready with clinics across the county, a multidisciplinary cadre of members and supporters, a small but mighty staff, and a dedicated Board. I applaud and am grateful for its continued work and commitment to excellence.