Online Program

Collaborating with community health centers to serve needs of low-wage workers

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:18 a.m. - 11:34 a.m.

Anthony Robbins, MD, MPA, Journal of Public Health Policy, Boston, MA
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Community-based health clinics (CHCs), such as federally-qualified health centers, have missions deeply rooted in serving the community, no matter a person's ability to pay. CHCs may also be the first point of access for low-income and/or vulnerable workers seeking care for work-related or other health concerns. The authors have been exploring ways in which CHCs are, or could be, collaborators to address the work environment as a contributor to adverse health. The work environment is defined broadly to include physical, social and economic factors. The presentation, ideally for a Roundtable Session, will report on an April 2013 workshop with CHC leaders, workers' rights advocates, and occupational health and safety experts on ways to expand community support for low-wage and other vulnerable workers. Activities stemming from the workshop recommendations will also be presented.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe a specific example of a community health center's (CHC) recognition of the role of the work environment in their patient population's health; Identify at least one opportunity for a CHC to integrate features of occupational health into their services.

Keyword(s): Vulnerable Populations, Community Health Centers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-investigator on 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.