Our Mission: The mission of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA), and of the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC), is to equitably promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of all individuals at work and in their environment through education, engagement, leadership and advocacy. WOEMA advocates for health equity through justice, diversity and inclusion.

The Benefits of Membership

The American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and its component society, the Western Occupational & Environmental Medicine Association, are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of care in occupational and environmental medicine through Education, Service and Leadership. Your membership will enhance the stature and recognition of the specialty and strengthen the voice of OEM in health policy debates while promoting new levels of competency in the prevention and treatment of illness, injury, and disability in the work environment and community.

ACOEM/WOEMA members enjoy numerous practical benefits:

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History of WOEMA

Physicians and Surgeons

By Christopher Leggo, C.M., M.D.
The Father, Founder and First Secretary
Crockett, California

This account of the early history of the Western Industrial Medical Association is written as a personal document for those who may be interested and is not phrased for publication. Being informal, it may reveal personal events which would not be of interest to general readers, nor might the presentation of the material to them be in good taste. If it is filed away in the archives of the Association, some future scribe may draw on it for material, or some currently ambitious author may find as great judgment required in what he deletes as in what he includes.

It is inevitable that since I took the initiative in organizing the Association, there will be an egotistical flavor to this account. There will be either frank or implied claims of good foresight. There will be carefully rationed references to some blind spots in judgment.

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