The Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, a WHO Collaborating Center works in partnership with WHO, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), other Collaborating Centers and NGOs to reduce diseases and injuries resulting from exposure to hazards in the workplace and general environment. We address work-related illness and injury in the formal and informal economy, climate change, healthy housing, and healthcare waste reduction.
WHO first designated the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Health as a collaborating center in 1996 and has re-designated Center for the sixth consecutive period from 2020-2024.
A Declaration of U.S. Health Collaborating Centers
On April 28, 2020, Dr. Linda Forst, director of the World Health Collaborating Center at the UIC School of Public Health, joined with centers around the U.S. in calling for immediate action to restore American involvement with and funding to the World Health Organization.