236200 How Spanish speakers encourage dialogue in participatory occupational health training

Monday, October 31, 2011

Joseph Zanoni, PhD, MILR , Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
The More than Training project (Forst, PI) has the goal of offering construction safety training in the Spanish language to immigrant participants of workers' centers using a popular education approach that focuses on worker trainers offering interactive activities to participants for group discussion and problem posing. In year one and two we reached 179 participants who received OSHA 10 Hour Construction Training cards through our efforts. In the process of observing the sessions, I realized that there is much variety in the origin of their Spanish. Here the workers teach as leaders and promote discussion and interactive learning in dialogue with their peers and an expert. My methods of inquiry will be to interview trainers, organizers, and research partners who are bilingual Spanish/English speakers about their Spanish language origins, and their use of Spanish in the training sessions. I will ask them about their awareness of Spanish language varieties, English use, and how the differences were noticed and responded to in the sessions (Alim, 2005; Hurtig, 2008; Philips, 2004). I am particularly interested in how the dialogue or discussion may have been impacted. Through constant comparison thematic analysis of the interviews I hope to gain understanding about how language and power are displayed in the sessions and how awareness and use of language varieties impact the discourse and agency of the actors (Pascale, 2008; Street, 1995). One outcome is to describe how Spanish speakers encourage dialogue in participatory learning sessions. Ethical review approved for UIC IRB Protocol number 2010-0445.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how language varieties are expressed in participatory training sessions. 2. Explain how peer trainers encourage dialogue between participants of occupational health training. 3. Describe the challenges of worker trainers to promote dialogue in participatory sessions and how they learned to meet those challenges

Keywords: Occupational Health Programs, Peer Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a co-investigator on the More Than Training Project (Forst, PI) and am interacting with partners of our project
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.