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COHIC: National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control

The National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control (COHIC) helps identify and solve important occupational health and infection control challenges facing the VA at the national and local level. Working with VA medical centers from across the nation, and other federal and academic partners, the COHIC aims to:

  • Initiate and broker demonstration projects, operational clinical research studies, and health policy analyses.
  • Act as a translational bridge between practice, policy, and research.
  • Target high priority projects with the potential to improve the health of Veterans and the health care workers who serve them.
  • Optimize the expenditure of healthcare dollars and resources, seeking efficiency and cost savings.
  • Ensure that policy recommendations include immediate and measurable outcomes that may be readily reproduced.


To equip the Veterans Health Administration with evidence-based guidance about preventing and responding to infections associated with health care delivery; to initiate and broker projects that aim to diminish the consequences of infectious diseases among health care workers and the Veterans they serve; and to diminish health care costs by identifying and demonstrating money-saving strategies that seek to optimize outcomes.

Partners and collaborators

The COHIC has partnered and collaborated with numerous organizations and governmental agencies, including:

  • Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Defense
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Boston University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Yale University

Contact the COHIC.