The mission of the Concentra Occupational Health Research Institute (COHRI) is to

  • Promote the health of America's workers through scientific research and continuing medical education
  • Provide and approve evidence-based occupational medicine courses

Historically, little funding has been directed to the field of occupational and preventive medicine research. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has traditionally served as the primary funding agency for occupational health research, but research grants from this organization have been consistently small. Likewise, few medical schools have devoted substantial resources to occupational health research.

COHRI was established in 2000 to fill this void. The Institute is an independent entity that has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as being exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. Therefore, contributions to COHRI are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Research initiatives focus on promoting the public's health by determining best practices regarding injury/illness management of the worker, advocating wellness and prevention, and advancing knowledge in the field of occupational health. The Institute has access to Concentra's treatment data, which is the largest clinical outcome database in the country. This enables its researchers to analyze and collect clinical and outcome information on the millions of workers who have received treatment in Concentra’s medical centers across the nation.

The institute also promotes medical education in the field of occupational health. Since 2004, COHRI has sponsored national occupational health medical conferences and other educational events.