Public health researchers cast a safety net for commercial fishermen in Oregon
Associate professor of environmental and occupational health Molly Kile helped host the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit.
A master’s degree student, Hayley Strenke has been busy shaping her future. The Oregon native studies Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), which she became interested in while an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
“My goal is to mitigate methylmercury exposure. Methylmercury intake through rice ingestion differs from fish consumption because fish contains beneficial nutrients. Since rice does not, methylmercury intake through rice ingestion may be more harmful. It’s important that we continue this research because half the global population subsists on rice as a staple food.”
The College of Public Health and Human Sciences has established a formal partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies to work together to improve safety and health conditions in maritime workplaces in the United States.
To gather the suggestions as well as build rapport with the fishermen, nine community members with ties to the fishing industry were contracted, including several fishermen’s wives. Laurel and others then trained them to conduct outreach, engagement and research.