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.

Read the letter

Our work covers these UN Strategic Development Goals

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Good health and well-being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
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Clean water and sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
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Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
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Reduced inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
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Sustainable cities and communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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Climate action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
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Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
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United Nations Sustainable Development Group
Learn more about the United Nations effort providing providing substantive support and capacity-building for sustainable development goals.
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Our projects
Learn about our WHO-sponsored projects addressing sustainable development goals.