4061.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Addressing Health Disparities: Integrated Health Programs for Manufacturing Workers

Addressing Health Disparities: Integrated Health Programs for Manufacturing Workers Many blue-collar workers are at increased risk for cancer because of job risks and life risks. Traditional health promotion programs have had limited success among blue-collar workers, and workplace exposures to toxic agents are still widely prevalent. Integrating occupational health and health promotion interventions may be an effective strategy for addressing this problem. Using a randomized, controlled design, the WellWorks-2 project tested the effectiveness of integrating health promotion with occupational health protection in 15 large manufacturing worksites. The intervention and evaluation followed an ecological framework, assessing outcomes at the levels of the worker (health behaviors), the organization (occupational safety and health [OSH] programs), and the physical work environment (exposures to chemical hazards). Preliminary analyses suggest that the integrated intervention results in higher smoking cessation rates among blue-collar workers, whereas the traditional model using health promotion alone appears more successful with white-collar workers. An important aspect of the study was its development of 2 evaluation tools for OSH. Investigators developed an assessment and scoring scheme of worksite OSH programs adapted from OSHA’s 1995 Program Evaluation Profile. Chemical exposures were assessed using a walk-through occupational health assessment (OHA) instrument that assessed the potential for and protection from exposures for a given process or work area. The panel will include papers on final results, the integrated model for bringing together occupational health and health promotion, strategies and results for assessing OSH programs and chemical hazards, and lessons from the field
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Presider(s):Anthony D. LaMontagne
Organizer(s):Anthony D. LaMontagne, ScD, MA, MEd
8:30 AMAssessing OSH programs and chemical hazards:Wellworks-2 strategies & results
Anthony D. LaMontagne, ScD, MA, MEd, Richard A. Youngstrom, Anne M. Stoddard, ScD, Glorian C. Sorensen, PhD, MPH
8:35 AMThe integrated model: Bringing occupational health and health promotion together
Mary K. Hunt, RD, MPH, Glorian C. Sorensen, PhD, MPH, Richard Youngstrom, MS, CIH, CSP
8:52 AMLessons Learned from the Field
Deborah L. McLellan, MHS
9:09 AMIntegrating occupational health and health promotion in WellWorks 2: final results
Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH, Anne M. Stoddard, ScD, David C Christiani, MD, MPH, Mary K. Hunt, RD, MPH, Karen M. Emmons, PhD
9:26 AMAssertiveness, a Method for Eliminating Health Disparities
Quintin Robinson, BA, MPH
9:43 AMDiscussion
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Environment; Social Work; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA