Online Program

Leadership development strategies to engage nail salon workers in policy advocacy to improve their health, safety and rights

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lisa Fu, MPH, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA
Tina Duyen Tran, BA, c/o Asian Health Services, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Oakland, CA
Alisha Tran, Health Education, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA
For long hours a day on a daily basis, nail salon workers use many products and are exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals present in their workplace environment. Workers have reported health issues linked to chemicals in their environmental workplace, including respiratory illness, allergies, cancer, and neurological and reproductive harm. Despite the increasing documentation of environmental health and justice issues that workers face, federal and state regulatory oversight of the ingredients in nail products continues to be weak and largely ineffective. As a result, the burden of toxic environmental exposure and poor health outcomes falls upon those who are exposed to the most – low-income immigrant salon workers, owners, their families, and communities. With up to 80% of California nail salon workers being Vietnamese low-income immigrant women who are of reproductive age, lack access to health care, and with limited English proficiency, there has been a clear need to develop the community's leadership to address the systematic and institutional inequalities impacting their environmental health. To promote environmental health and justice among the nail salon workforce, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative established an innovative culturally appropriate leadership development program focused on empowering nail salon workers and owners to: 1) Implement health and safety best practice strategies in the workplace, 2) Develop their organizing and leadership skills, and 3) Advocate for federal and state policy solutions that positively impact their environment. This session will describe how developing a leadership program that supports behavior change while empowering workers to advocate for their communities is a powerful tool to address the root causes of the environmental injustices that they experience.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how worker leadership development is integral to addressing social, cultural, and economic factors impacting the environmental justice health disparities faced by immigrant worker populations. Demonstrate how leadership development programs and strategies are effective tools for empowering workers to make positive impacts on their environmental health. Define the critical components of a successful and culturally appropriate leadership development program for Asian immigrant workers.

Keyword(s): Environmental Justice, Immigrants

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Tina Duyen Tran is the Community Outreach Advocate for the CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative. In this capacity she supports the leadership development and organizing of nail salon worker and owners. Her area of research and organizing interest is environmental health within Asian American and women of color communities. She is currently a Master in Public Health candidate at UCLA.
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.