OEM-L is a free-access
e-mail forum that has been growing continually since Dec 1993. It is a
professionally governed community of specialists within Occupational &
Environmental Medicine, who consult one another on a daily basis. Now a
dynamic conversation among more than 3,500 subscribers from more than 75 countries worldwide, the forum produces
about 10 messages each day, regarding any of hundreds of topics related
to OEM issues. These include all of the following:
- Announcements of new regulations, web-sites, jobs and professional conferences
- Discussions of difficult cases, administrative assignments, and prevention challenges
- Review of new events in medical science, especially those reaching the public's attention
In early years, costs associated with this service were carried entirely by Duke Univ. Occup. Medicine and the Association of Occupational & Environmental Clinics (AOEC), and temporarily supported by the Mobil Foundation and a 1996 grant from the US Commerce Dept. When the list's founder and moderator moved to the NIOSH Educational Resource Center at the University of N.Carolina in Chapel Hill, the maillist, archives, and traditions were re-located in toto, in July 2006.
In light of OEM-L's unchallenged success and stability, external and ongoing support has more recently been obtained from commercial sponsors and the forum's readership.
The forum is an attractive candidate for support, because we have daily access to thousands of active OEM practitioners, both directly and through re-routed mail. Additionally, content reaches far beyond our subscriber base. A survey performed among our members showed that each routinely sends selected messages to more than 6 additional readers. Nothing else in our specialty has such immediate and focused impact.
The forum's requested budget of $50,000 covers reimbursement to UNC for professional time of the forum's moderator and network support, as well as necessary travel expenses so that OEM-L can be promoted at each meeting of the ACOEM and of the AOEC. The forum is very well represented at these meetings, and professional presentations of OEM-L's workings and advantages are the chief source of new subscribers. AOEC's sponsorship (for the maillist and related web-work) already provide $25,000. Thus only $25,000 in total contributions will insure the continuity of the list, and will provide the sponsors with recognition from our community.
I welcome your efforts in relaying this request to any other appropriate decision maker. Additional questions are welcome, as is a tour of the forum's web-site. There you can find our archives, our rules of "Netiquette", our growth history and the list of present sponsors and colleague supporters.
Thank you for your efforts to keep this useful resource available.
Gary Greenberg, MD MPH
|Founded in December, 1993,
growth has been continual.
The community is actively moderatedand widely endorsed
Costs are tiny, compared to other means of reaching such an elite audience
"Corporate" Sponsors who contribute more than $2,500 annually receive:
On all broadcast messages for a period of 2-3 days on a rotating basis, footer includes name,web-link, mission statement
Example Sponsor footer:
Health Safety & Environment Program
Supporters are encouraged to contribute $50 annually (but amounts are optional). Supporters receive:
How to actually contribute:
1) Checks payable to (and sent to) :
Association of Occupational & Environmental Clinics (AOEC) "Supporting OEM-L"
c/o (click for email)
AOEC is a licensed non-profit, who can acknowledge your support as a charitable donation.
For supporters paying from institutional accounts, we can generate an invoice from the University for your contribution. Please us with this request.
2) VISA / Mastercard
payments can be authorized by phone or fax or PayPal:
c/o (click for email)
(v) (888)347-AOEC (2632) _or_ (202) 347-4976
(fax) (202) 347-4950
via PayPal (your VISA or Mastercard or bank account, click below)
Plans for future growth (through separate funding) are dynamic, including: