- The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education was created in late 1995 at the University of Texas Health Northeast to serve Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas as part of a program initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The initiative established a network of centers, funded on a competitive basis, to conduct programs of research, prevention, intervention, education, and outreach designed to reduce occupational injuries and diseases among agricultural workers and their families.
Mission and Principles
The mission of the SW Ag Center is to improve the safety & health of agricultural, forestry & fishing workers. This is accomplished through research, intervention & education projects that build and leverage a network of strategic partners who represent the diversity of the workforce and range of agricultural production in the region.
To support justified (theory-based, preliminary data, etc) research that leads to action to improve the health and safety of the agricultural community.
The SW Center represents a unique geographic region that can maximize its contribution to agricultural safety and health practices by supporting work that incorporates:
- Worker population concerns that have regional or national
- A particular problem that has significance to a state in the region
- Specific, understudied population in the region
- A multiplier effect to generate additional resources
- The ability to reach additional audiences through collaboration
- Sustainable interventions
The details of how we implement our mission and principles are outlined in our Strategic Plan.
Our partners help us accomplish our mission and principles through research, intervention & education projects that build and leverage a network of strategic partners who represent the diversity of the workforce and range of agricultural production in the region.
Awards and Recognition
Learn about the awards and recognition that our teams have achieved in their effort to reduce occupational injuries and diseases among agricultural workers and their families.
The SW Ag Center is comprised of a dynamic group of individuals that represent a wide variety of disciplines and geographic regions.
The Administrative Staff works on-site at the University of Texas Health Northeast in Tyler, Texas to develop, coordinate, and analyze project information. The Feasibility Program and Outreach Program are managed by the administrative staff.
The Advisory Committees are diverse groups comprised of External Advisory Committee members and Internal Advisory Committee members who utilize their experiences and skill sets to counsel and assist the Principal Investigators and staff. Advisors come from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Carolina, Iowa and Texas. The multidisciplinary group represents dairy, forestry, logging, commercial fishing, public health, engineering, health literacy, industrial hygiene, education, migrant and seasonal farmworkers and veterinary medicine.
Principal Investigators are responsible for the execution of individual agricultural, forestry/logging or commercial fishing safety and health projects.
- 11937 US Hwy 271
- Tyler, TX 75708-3154
- (903) 877-5896
- fax: (903) 877-7014