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From the Director



Linda Forst, Director

The Great Lakes Center was founded in 1977 as one of the first regional NIOSH Education and Research Centers in the United States. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk greatly expanded its scope, adding training, research, and outreach programs in environmental health, children's health, and global health. The Occupational Health Service Institute was initiated to provide clinical services onsite, in workplaces, and in the community. On Dr. Hryhorczuk’s retirement, Dr. Linda Forst became the Director of GLC.  Today, GLC includes a NIOSH Education and Research Center, a NIH Fogarty -funded Center for Global Environmental and Occupational Health, the Occupational Health Services Institute, and the Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program. Together they comprise the Chicago-based World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational and Environmental Health. In addition to the activities of the past 35 years, we are expanding educational resources and conducting programs for professionals and the community in both occupational and environmental health.

The Great Lakes Centers bring a world of expertise to Illinois and the expertise of Illinois to the world. We invite you to learn more about our Center and take advantage of the many resources that we have to offer.


Linda Forst, Director