Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lisa Fu, MPH , California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA
Julia Liou, MPH , Program Planning and Development Director, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA
Tina Duyen Tran, BA , c/o Asian Health Services, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Oakland, CA
Kristine Nguyen , Program Planning and Development, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA
Nail salon workers are exposed daily to a variety of toxic chemicals and experience negative health impacts ranging from musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory symptoms to skin problems and headaches. Concerns related to cancer and reproductive impacts have burgeoned given the chronic, long-term exposure of these workers to toxic chemicals present in the solvents and products they handle on a daily basis. With a significant number of the industry's workforce comprised mainly of low-income immigrant Asian women who are of reproductive age and lack access to health care, there has been a clear need to empower this community in order to address the systematic and institutional inequalities (i.e. lack of government oversight on chemical safety, translated materials/trainings, etc), faced by these workers. To promote occupational health and safety practices within the nail salon workplace, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative established an innovative leadership development program focused on empowering nail salon workers and owners to: 1) Implement best practice strategies in the workplace, 2) Increase awareness among their peers about health and safety strategies, 3) Advocate for solutions that positively impact their health via policy solutions, and 4) Conduct activities within their own community to increase public awareness about the health and safety issues faced by the nail salon community. This session will describe how this leadership program has not only promoted workplace behavior changes while empowering workers to address the root causes of the health impacts they experience, but also how this program can be a model for immigrant workers.

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

Learning Objectives:
1)Describe how worker leadership development programs are integral to addressing occupational health disparities faced by immigrant worker populations. 2)Demonstrate how leadership development strategies are effective tools for empowering workers to make positive workplace behavior changes. 3)Define the critical components of a successful and culturally competent leadership development program for workers with limited English proficiency.

Keywords: Leadership, Occupational Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a non profit public health professional for over 13 years, working as a program director and program coordinator. My areas of focus include women's health, health disparities, and environment and occupational health and justice.
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.