The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5188.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 3:26 PM

Abstract #47419

Addressing Health and Safety Risks Among Home Care Workers: A Collaborative Action Research Project for Low-wage and Immigrant Workers

Laura H. Stock, MPH, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of CA at Berkeley, 2223 Fulton St. 4th floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-5120, (510) 642-5507, and Sherry Baron, National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, 4676 Columbia Parkway R-10, Cincinnati, OH 45220.

This presentation will describe a collaborative project between NIOSH, Alameda County Public Authority and SEIU to identify risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders among home care workers and develop recommendations for reducing risk. Project activities included focus groups of home care workers conducted in English, Spanish and Cantonese; site visits; interviews with representatives of organizations that serve consumers and workers; a training of training program for home care worker/leaders to train other workers to identify hazards, develop solutions, and advocate effectively for needed changes; and meetings with key decision-makers to discuss recommendations for organizational and policy changes. We will describe our experience designing focus groups appropriate for a population that includes a large number of immigrant workers. We also describe how researchers conducted research activities in ways that involved worker and consumer groups and resulted in recommendations that would assist our community partners in achieving their own objectives. Finally, we will review project findings, including technical and programmatic recommendations.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

Keywords: Health Care Workers, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA