230260 Developing culturally tailored interventions in occupational safety and health for Hispanic immigrant workers

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Michael Flynn, MA , Training Research and Evaluation Branch, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH
Pietra Check, MPH , National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety-Health Communication, CDC, Washington DC, DC
Donald E. Eggerth, PhD , Training Research and Evaluation Branch, CDC]NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH
Krista Hoffmeister, BS, BA , Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
The occupational health disparities experienced by Hispanic immigrant workers (HIW) have led to repeated calls in the literature for the development of culturally tailored interventions for HIW. Drawing on the experience gained from several NIOSH initiatives, this symposium will present several key components to developing and disseminating culturally tailored educational materials for HIW. The first presentation informs the process of tailoring materials by discussing structural and cultural barriers that HIW face from a risk perception/risk acceptance model. Discussion will include which barriers are unique to HIW and which are common to all workers, and what gaps exist in the literature. The second presentation addresses the preliminary investigation that occurs in the decision-making process for developing a communication intervention. Methods and approaches for obtaining different types of information useful for tailoring materials will be explored. The third presentation addresses NIOSH's experience developing culturally tailored educational materials and interventions. Discussion will include methods that have been employed for ensuring appropriate content and format and common mistakes in materials development. The final presentation deals with identifying and working with partner organizations in the Hispanic immigrant community. Topics will include the different types of organizations and infrastructure that exists in the Hispanic immigrant community, what to look for in a potential partner, and types of interventions that these partnerships may lead to in the future. Special attention will be paid to recent collaborations between NIOSH and the Mexican Government and their future potential.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and discuss a variety of methods and considerations when developing culturally tailored interventions in occupational safety and health for Hispanic immigrant workers

Keywords: Communication, Immigrants

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Officer for several NIOSH field studies regarding Hispanic immigrant workers and occupational health
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.