3251.0 Health Promotion in the Transportation Industry: Challenges in Assessment and Outreach in a Mobile Workforce

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
In this panel session, researchers and health professionals representing four major sectors of the transportation industry in the U.S. trucking, railroads, airlines, and cruise ships will discuss a) the health risk characteristics and health needs of the highly mobile workforces in each of these sectors, b) the methodological issues involved in collecting data on these workers, c) the challenges faced in providing outreach and interventions to them, and d) current health promotion initiatives being conducted in each of these transportation sectors. The overall purpose of the session is to provide effective models for health promotion data collection and outreach that are tailored for these unique transportation worker subpopulations.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Define the methodological issues encountered in collecting health-related data from trucking, railroad, and airline employees; 2. Describe recent studies on health risk prevalence rates among the workers in these transportation sectors; 3. Identify the challenges in providing health outreach and interventions to these highly mobile workers; 4. Describe some examples of current worksite health promotion initiatives in the transportation industry.

1:00 PM
Health risks among U.S. long-haul truckers
Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH, Janet St. Lawrence, PhD, Diane M. Grimley, PhD, Bronwen Lichtenstein, PhD and Edward Hook, MD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers SPIG

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)