244205 Occupational health for Latinos in Baltimore: Translating research into education-based interventions

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gayatri Reddy, MD, MPH , Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Airin Martinez, PhD , Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Stephen Juraschek, BA , Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Abdel Piedramartel , Casa de Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Jacqueline Agnew, RN, MPH, PhD , Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Latinos suffer a higher rate of work-related injuries and fatalities in the United States than any other racial/ethnic group. Through a multi-stakeholder project between Casa de Maryland Baltimore Workers' Center, an interdisciplinary Bienestar student volunteer group, and the NIOSH sponsored Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we seek to raise awareness about occupational health hazards and illness among non-English speaking Latinos in Baltimore, Maryland. METHODS: A new training program was built on the results of a qualitative research project that utilized focus groups and key informant in-depth interviews to discern the occupational health training needs and issues of this population. Training topics, as well as the most appropriate methodological approaches to effective training, were derived from transcript-based thematic analysis, descriptive statistics, member-checking, and interactive debriefing sessions that followed pilot charlas. RESULTS: The presentation will cover the process by which we translated the results from our community-based participatory research project into an interactive, peer-reviewed, and culturally appropriate education program. CONCLUSION: We demonstrate how the iterative research process transformed a student-led community service project that initially focused only on the provision of personal protective equipment to a “train-the-trainer” program that promotes interactive information exchange between Casa staff and the workers themselves to create community capacity and sustainable training to prevent occupational injury and illness.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how translational research facilitates the creation of community-based occupational health and safety training for Latinos utilizing a workers’ center in Baltimore. 2. Demonstrate how participation from multiple stakeholders is used to modify and enhance educational materials to meet the needs of a multi-ethnic, low-literacy, non-English speaking population.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Occupational Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project director for the Education and Outreach portion of this project and wrote the first draft of the abstract, and subsequent drafts with co-authors' feedback
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.