Beyond occupational safety: Health and well-being promotion for young workers
Background and Objective: The University of Miami Occupational Research Group (umiamiorg.com) utilized nationally representative public data to evaluate a range of health indicators among young workers in the US. In addition to creating a Monograph of the results, we began an outreach project called the Florida Young Employee Health Project (flye), to disseminate findings to youths and others. This presentation will highlight various components, both challenging and successful, in the progression of the flye' project. This experience may help guide others interested in implementing an outreach component in their current or future research. Methods: An informal survey of young worker outreach/intervention/surveillance online resources was conducted. Additionally, a 38-item open and close-ended online questionnaire was designed to capture occupational safety and health knowledge, interests, concerns, and practices of youths aged 14-24. Results: The informal survey revealed that health/wellbeing topics are absent or minimized in favor of occupational safety issues. In addition, results from the questionnaire of 161 youths showed that while most are interested in occupational health/wellbeing issues, they might not have access to relevant information or know the right questions to ask. Conclusion: Synthesis of these findings helped to focus outreach efforts. Outreach included the creation of a tailored website (http://www.umiamiorg.com/flye/), the development of a flye' public relations campaign, interactions with youths, and the identification of appropriate events/products for promotional purposes. Collaborations were forged with representatives from multiple disciplines such as NIOSH-state funded occupational surveillance programs, undergraduate Public Relations students, professional web designers, and Public Health graduate students.
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe gaps in current online young worker outreach, intervention and surveillance resources
Discuss lessons learned from this young worker outreach campaign
Keyword(s): Youth at Work, Outreach Programs
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted both surveys in the project, and co-administered the outreach portion of the 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.