Online Program

Seven years of a occupational health community-based participatory research project in Lawrence, Massachusetts to reduce falls and silica exposure among hispanic construction workers

Monday, November 4, 2013

Cora Roelofs, ScD, Community Health Program, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Milagro Grullon, MS, Lawrence Community Connections, Lawrence, MA
Michael Gagliardi, LIUNA Local 175, Methuen, MA
Lenore S. Azaroff, ScD, Dept. of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
In 2006 a University-community partnership formed to address occupational health disparities affecting Latino construction workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The partnership of the Mayor's Health Task Force, LIUNA Laborers Local 175, the University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Work Environment, Lawrence Community Connections and others worked together to mount a multi-year, bilingual assessment and intervention research project that concludes this year. This presentation will reflect on the process, challenges and accomplishments of Protección en Construcción: The Lawrence Latino Safety Partnership with particular attention to its adherence to the goals of community-based participatory research, the project's goals of reducing falls and silica exposure among Latino construction workers in Lawrence, and prospects for sustainability of the intervention following the end of NIOSH funding. From the perspectives of the university researchers and the community partners, we will share the magic secrets of maintaining partnerships through thick and thin, while producing both community change and rigorous research findings.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify factors that promote successful community-university partnerships in occupational health research

Keyword(s): Community Research, Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am principal investigator on a federally funded grant to assess and intervene on Hispanic construction worker occupational health hazards.
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.