209720 Exploring Worksite Hazards through Student-Worker Partnerships

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gail Bateson, MS , Worksafe, Oakland, CA
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH , Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Health Services, Richmond, CA
Linda Delp, PhD , Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Diane Bush, MPH , Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
The Occupational Health Internship Program, OHIP, will be presenting a panel of students from its sixth summer of projects with unions and worker centers. Students spend eight weeks during the summer researching and assisting on issues identified by the workers. A majority of the past projects have focused on the low-wage, immigrant, and minority workforce; our student interns often come from same background, bringing language and cultural skills as well as occupational health expertise. Up to four students will present, representing projects based on both the west and east coasts.

Projects and student interns for summer 2009 have not yet been selected.

Learning Objectives:
1.Explain the goal of student-worker collaborative research to address workplace hazards, 2.Describe how participatory research projects can help motivate public health students to enter the field of occupational safety and health, 3.Describe the benefits of pairing students and workers who share a common language or culture to work together to address workplace hazards.

Keywords: Participatory Research, Field Experience

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have previous experience because I am part of The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP)
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.