255028 Filling the data gaps: Results of a survey to better understand health disparities at work

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Karla R. Armenti, ScD , New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Concord, NH
Brian Mitchell , NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Hooksett, NH
Neha Maheshwari, MPH , International Heatlh, Boston University, Boston, MI
Melia Haile, BS , Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlantta, GA
Meghan Steele, BS , Master of Public Health Program, University of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
Despite demographic changes, our public health data systems do not yet accurately collect race, eth archers to identify, evaluate, and address health disparities in New Hampshire. Between 2000 and 2010, there was a 23% growth in the state's foreign-born population. Two of our major cities are refugee settlement sites. As follow up to a state plan to “Reduce Health Disparities and Promote Health Equity,” we developed, implemented, and analyzed data from a series of questionnaires and focus groups given to people trained in the NH Coalition of Safety and Health (COSH) worker safety and health trainings. Where it was not possible to reach out through the COSH training sessions, especially our immigrant population, we worked with state multi-cultural community organizations to assist in facilitating the survey and focus groups in different venues. The survey instruments were administered over a period of six months. Data was entered into a database and analyzed via NVivo software by age, gender, race, ethnicity, language, income, exposures to hazards in the workplace, knowledge of workers' compensation, access to healthcare, discrimination at work, and perceptions of risk. Results of the study will help to inform the State's priority areas of economic, social and cultural barriers to health. It is our goal that the data derived from this study will be used by our key stakeholders to develop interventions and prevention strategies that are better tailored to the needs of our most vulnerable workers.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify the disparities faced by immigrant, refugee, and youth workers around working conditions and discrimination at work.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Occupational Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator on this project focusing on collection of data on occupational health disparities.
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.