4250.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Eliminating Health Disparities Through Employment: Key Findings From a $20 Million Statewide Work and Health Initiative

Work is a major determinant of health and well-being. Over a century of research has shown that health status is affected by the presence or absence of work, the conditions of work, and by employee responses to work undertaken. Yet, all around there are the unmistakable indicators that the nature of work as we now understand it is undergoing a fundamental redefinition. Key trends affecting the health and well-being of Californians include concerns about (a) the persistence of low and stagnant wages for many Californians is growing, (b) a growing disparity in California between people who have income and wealth and those who don't, and (c) changing work arrangements and the changing contract between employees and employers. The purpose of this symposium is to discuss some of the implications of and a strategic response to the changing nature of work in California in relation to the health, well-being, and quality of life of California workers, as well as the effectiveness of organizations. We begin by discussing a strategic, statewide initiative funded by The California Wellness Foundation designed to improve health through approaches related to employment. Key findings from research and demonstration programs within the initiative will be presented. These programs include: The Future of Work and Health, Health Insurance Policy Program, Winning New Jobs, and Computers In Our Future. We conclude with a discussion of key evaluation findings and lessons learned evaluating strategic, community-based programs aimed at eliminating health disparities through approaches related to employment
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD
Organizer(s):Laura E. Gooler, PhD
4:30 PMComputers In Our Future--A strategy for technology access, computer literacy, employment, and improved health
Linda Fowells
4:42 PMEliminating health disparities through employment: Key evaluation findings and lessons learned
Laura E. Gooler, PhD, Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD
4:54 PMHealth disparities and employment: Longitudinal evidence from the California Work and Health Survey
Laura Trupin, PhD, Edward H. Yelin, PhD
5:06 PMHealth Insurance Policy Program: Addressing disparities in health insurance
E. Richard Brown, PhD
5:18 PMReducing Health Disparities Through Work: A Funder's Perspective
Ruth Brousseau, PhD, Lucia Corral-Pena, JD
5:30 PMWinning New Jobs: A preventive program aimed at reducing economic and health disparities in the unemployed
Richard H. Price, PhD
Sponsor:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Cosponsors:Environment; Health Administration; Social Work

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA