Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE)

COHE LogoWelcome to the Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) at UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center, a partnership aimed at improving injured worker health outcomes. COHE is sponsored by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the University of Washington, Valley Medical Center (VMC) and other healthcare entities throughout the State. COHE Sponsors are dedicated to expanding community expertise in both occupational healthcare and disability prevention. VMC was the first COHE pilot project and began service in February 2002. Since that time, the COHE program has expanded throughout the State of Washington. 

COHE services include:

  • Match injured workers with qualified, in-network providers who can treat injuries that occurred on the job
  • Help employers return employees to work quickly and safely
  • Provide guidance with worker's compensation claims filed through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I)
  • Provide training for attending providers in the management of occupational health injuries and disabilities

Injured on the Job?

Doctor with Injured WorkerWhen an injury or occupational disease occurs on the job, it can be confusing.  Some of the most frequently asked questions by those who have been injured on the job are "where do I go?" and "what do I do?" The first step is to find a provider within the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Medical Provider Network (MPN) that can offer treatment and file a claim.

Find a Participating Provider
Presently, there more than 300 COHE providers in the Renton COHE. To find a currently enrolled COHE provider, please contact a Health Services Coordinator (HSC):

  • Ellen Hull, MEd, CRC: 
    Email | Ph: 425.656.5438
  • Heather Latvala, MEd, CRC:
    Email | Ph: 425.656.5438
  • Kathryn Visser, MEd, CDMS:
    Email | Ph: 425.656.5438

To find a best practice provider at another location or outside the USA, visit Washington L&I's Website

Become COHE Provider or Advisor

If you're a provider and are interested in becoming a COHE  attending provider or advisor at Valley Medical Center, please contact Renton COHE at Be sure to include your name and phone number where you can be reached.

More Information

Workers, employers and providers can find more information on Washington L&I's website