Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association
Leading Occupational & Environmental Medicine

A Message from Dr. Papanek

I’m honored to be a candidate for Vice President of ACOEM, a position leading to the ACOEM presidency.  I’ve been a WOEMA member for over 20 years, and have served as WOEMA President, as Chair of our 2004 WOHC, and as a past Chair of our Legislative Committee which I continue to work with.  Within ACOEM, I’ve been active for over 10 years, having served as Speaker of the House of Delegates, a Board Member, the AOHC Chair in 2012, and most recently as Chair of the Public Affairs Council.  Accordingly, I’ve come to know both the main corridors and some of the back hallways within ACOEM, and am confident I can bring the perspective of a seasoned volunteer, engaged practitioner, and enthusiastic supporter of our mission.

As many of you know, I have been a firm believer in the importance of advocacy, in order to strengthen our specialty, enhance the practices of our Members, and safeguard America’s workers and community environments.   When we have opportunities to do so, ACOEM and WOEMA leaders must speak up strongly on topics ranging from medical quality, to improved OEM regulations, to healthy and sustainable community environments.   We also have have terrific opportunities to partner with other organizations, while maintaining a strong position of OEM leadership.  At the Johnstone lecture last year, I emphasized the importance of modernizing our educational and social messaging techniques, while we strive to build membership and enlarge the pipeline for new incoming OEM physicians.

I pledge to work dligently and to collaborate with our Members, as well as with the workers and employers whom we serve, as we continue to make ACOEM the pre-eminent voice for safe workplaces, healthy workers, and a thriving community environment.  I ask for your vote.  Please go to the ACOEM website, and vote before the December 15 deadline.