Health care associations

The following is a brief synopsis of the organizations featured in this month’s cover story:

• American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

Philosophy: Advance the profession of occupational and environmental health nursing as the authority on health, safety, productivity, and disability management for worker populations.

Membership: AAOHN is the connection to a nationwide network of more than 12,500 occupational and environmental health nursing professionals. Occupational and environmental health nurses are registered nurses licensed to practice nursing in the states in which they work. It is preferred that nurses entering the field have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and experience in public or community health, ambulatory care, critical care, or emergency nursing.

National office: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc., 2920 Brandywine Road, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 455-7757. Fax: (770) 455-7271. World Wide Web: www.aaohn.org.

• American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

Philosophy: ACOEM is a group of physicians and encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices united to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside the workplace.

Membership: The ACOEM represents more than 6,000 physicians specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, the College is composed of 31 societies in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

National office: ACOEM, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Telephone: (847) 818-1800. Fax: (847) 818-9266. World Wide Web: www.acoem.org.

• Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)

Philosophy: AOHP is dedicated to promoting educational and professional growth opportunities for its members and advocating the protection and well-being of health care workers in a cost-effective manner.

Membership: Membership directory includes more than 1,400 members in the U.S. and other countries. Members include: RNs/LPNs who specialize in occupational/employee health, human resources personnel, infection control practitioners, attorneys and paralegals, workers’ compensation coordinators; medical case managers, rehabilitation case managers, safety and industrial hygiene personnel, and risk managers.

National office: AOHP, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 8, Reston, VA 20190-5202. Telephone: (800) 362-4347. Fax: (703) 435-4390. World Wide Web: www.podi.com/aohp.

• Case Management Society of America (CMSA)

Philosophy: To influence the future development of case management as a profession. Case management is a collaborative process which assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individual’s health needs, using communications and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.

Membership: CMSA has more than 100 affiliated and pending chapters; membership exceeds 7,500 individuals. Case manager members must have a health professional degree, current license, or national certification in the health or human services profession. Associate members include individuals actively providing case management related services and not qualified as a case manager member.

National office: Case Management Society of America, 8201 Cantrell Road, Suite 230, Little Rock, AR 72227. Telephone: (501) 225-2229. Fax: (501) 221-9068. World Wide Web: www.cmsa.org.