239149 Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): Students Shaping the Future Field of OHS

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM

Sarah Jacobs, MPH , Labor Occupational Safety & Health (LOSH) Program, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH , Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Health Services, Richmond, CA
Linda Delp, PhD, MPH , Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program (LOSH), University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Matt London, MS , Health and Safety Department, NYS PEF, Albany, NY
Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Ingrid A. Denis, MA , Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, Washington, DC
The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) plays a vital role in shaping the future OHS field. A panel of seven OHIP students will present the following six projects:

1. Bloodboorne Pathogen Exposure Issues for Nurses Sonja Rivera, MPH Candidate in Epidemiology at Tufts University School of Medicine

2. Occupational Hazards of Waste and Recycling Workers Ashley Kissinger, MPH Candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and Kareen Espino, MPH in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and MD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine

3. Occupational Hazards of Grocery Store Workers Gaspar Rivera, MPH in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and MD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine

4. Evaluation of Fleet and Driver Safety Program Monika Galecki, MPH Candidate at Drexel University School of Public Health

5. Silica Dust Control Methods on California Construction Sites Michelle Santizo, BS in Health Sciences at California State University, Fullerton

6. Workplace Violence Prevention for Staff in a State Mental Health Hospital Crystal Zheng, MA in Public Policy at Stanford University and MD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania

Presenters will describe how they involved workers in formulating their project, summarize their findings and recommendations and describe the health education product that they provided to their host union or community-based organization.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: 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 or students in a related discipline to enter the field of OHS. 3. Describe the benefits of pairing students and workers who share a common language or culture to identify and address workplace hazards.

Keywords: Occupational Health Programs, Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am the Program Coordinator for the national Occupational Health Internship Program and oversee all our Program sites.
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.