Honorable Mention

Additional scientific activities to which I have contributed.

Rural health. Rural populations are disproportionately affected by public health issues. The Keokuk County Rural Health Study (KCRHS) was a population based, prospective cohort study of health status and environmental exposures in a large, stratified, random sample of residents in the rural Iowa county of Keokuk. Over the span of nearly 20 years, the KCRHS and KCRHS-derived studies provided data that has documented many of the suspected health issues and identified new public health concerns. I was a data analyst/co-investigator in all of these studies. I participated in or reviewed the design of these studies, performed all statistical analyses, contributed to the writing of manuscripts, and reviewed, revised and approved the final manuscripts as submitted.

  1. Chrischilles E, Ahrens R, Kuehl A, Kelly K, Thorne P, Burmeister L, Merchant J (2004) Asthma prevalence and morbidity among rural Iowa schoolchildren. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 113: 66-71.
  2. Merchant JA, Naleway AL, Svendsen ER, Kelly KM, Burmeister LF, Stromquist AM, Taylor CD, Thorne PS, Reynolds SJ, Sanderson WT, Chrischilles EA (2005) Asthma and farm exposures in a cohort of rural Iowa children. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113:350-356. PMCID: PMC1253764
  3. Sanderson WT, Madsen MD, Rautiainen R, Kelly KM, Zwerling C, Taylor CD, Reynolds SJ, Stromquist AM, Burmeister LF, Merchant JA (2006) Tractor Overturn Concerns in Iowa: Perspectives from the Keokuk County Rural Health Study. Journal of Agricultural Health and Safety, 12:71-81.
  4. Fix J, Annesi-Maesano I, Boulanger M, Cheng S , Cortes S, Dalphin J-C, Dalvie A, Degano B, Douwes J, Eduard W, Elholm G, Ferreccio C, Frost G, Harding A-H, Jeebhay M, Kelly KM, Kromhout H, Lebailly P, MacFarlane E, Maesano CN, Mitchell D, Naidoo S, Negatu B, Ngajilo D, Nordby K-C, Parks C, Sandler DP, Schenker M, Shin A, Sisgaard T, Sim M, Soumange T, Taylor M, Thorne PS, Yoo K-Y, Hoppin JA (In press). Gender differences in respiratory health outcomes among farming cohorts around the globe: findings from the AGRICOH cohort consortium. Journal of Agromedicine.

Exposure assessment. Understanding the nature and extent of environmental contaminant exposure is essential to assessing the risks posed to human health. These studies have advanced our knowledge of occupational contaminant exposure by assessing the comparability of exposure assessment methods from various labs, identifying previously undetected sources of contaminants, and ascertaining task-specific differences in contaminant exposure. I was a co-investigator in all of these studies. I reviewed the design of the studies, performed or confirmed all statistical analyses, and reviewed and approved the final manuscripts as submitted.

  1. Reynolds SJ, Thorne PS, Donham KJ, Croteau EA, Kelly KM, Lewis D, Whitmer M, Heederik DJJ, Douwes J, Connaughton I, Koch S, Malmberg P, Larsson BM, Milton DK (2002) Comparison of endotoxin assays using agricultural dusts. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 63: 430-438.
  2. Reynolds SJ, Milton DK, Heederik D, Thorne PS, Donham KJ, Croteau EA, Kelly KM, Douwes J, Lewis D, Whitmer M, Connaughton I, Koch S, Malmberg P, Larsson B-M, Deddens J, Saraf A, Larsson L (2005). Interlaboratory evaluation of endotoxin analyses in agricultural dusts – comparison of LAL assay and mass spectrometry. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 7:1371-1377.
  3. Thorne PS, Adamcakova-Dodd A, Kelly KM, O’Neill ME, Duchaine C (2006) Metal working fluid with mycobacteria and endotoxin Induces hypersensitivity pneumonitis in mice. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 173:759-768. PMCID: PMC2662953
  4. O’Shaughnessy PT, Donham K, Peters T, Taylor C, Altmaier R, Kelly KM (2010) A task-specific assessment of swine worker exposure to airborne dust. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 7:7-13. PMCID: PMC3415068

Total Worker Health. I was co-investigator on a pair of statewide surveys (RealIowans.com): 1) a survey of employed Iowans that provided employment sector estimates of health status, prevention behaviors, and productivity measures by employment status (self-employed, employed by an organization or currently unemployed, but seeking employment) and 2) a survey of Iowa employers that provided employment sector estimates of employee health and safety programs. Results of the employee survey showed that higher quality of life measures and practicing more prevention behaviors are strongly associated with lower absenteeism and higher presenteeism scores. At the same time, we found that Iowa employers are implementing less than 30% of the 12 IOM-recommended employee total health management components. Responding to this need, our team produced and evaluated a series of eight translational videos. The Total Worker Health Essentials videos uses a peer-to-peer approach to help small businesses tailor integrated health and safety programs, practices and policies into their workplaces. I participated in the conceptualization and design of the survey studies, performed all statistical analyses, contributed substantially to the writing of the manuscripts, and reviewed, revised and approved the final manuscripts as submitted. I reviewed, revised and approved content of the translational Total Worker Health videos and assisted with evaluation of the videos by community stakeholders.

  1. Merchant JA, Kelly KM, Burmeister L, Lozier M, Amendola A, Lind DP, McKeen A, Slater T, Hall JL, Rohlman D, Buikema B (2014) Employment status matters—a statewide survey of quality-of-life, prevention behaviors, and absenteeism and presenteeism. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7): 686-698. PMID: 24988095
  2. Rohlman R, Campo S, Hall J, Robinson EL, Kelly KM.  (2018) What could Total Worker Health® look like in small enterprises? Annals of Work Exposures and Health. 62 (S1): S34–S41.
  3. Tamers SL, Goetzel R, Kelly KM, Luckhaupt S, Nigam J, Pronk N, Rohlman DS, Baron S, Brosseau L, Bushnell T, Campo S, Chang C-C, Childress A, Chosewood C, Cunningham T, Goldenhar LM, Huang TT-K, Hudson H, Linnan L, Newman L, Olson R, Ozminkowski RJ, Punnett L, Schill A, Scholl J, Sorensen G.  (2018) Research Methodologies for Total Worker Health®: Proceedings from a Workshop. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 60 (11): 968-978.
  4. Alterman T, Tsai, Ju J, Kelly KM (2019) Trust in the work environment and cardiovascular disease risk: Findings from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(2): 230.