Online Program

Use of National and State Compensation and Surveillance Compliance Data Sets to Better Understand Miners' Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Robert Cohen, MD, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Cecile Rose, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Jewish University, Denver, CO
Judith Graber, PhD, Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Edward Petsonk, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Nadia Ibrahim, MA, LGSW, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Kirsten Almberg, MS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Maura Robinson, BS, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Jewish Health University, Denver, CO
Leonard Go, MD, Pulmonary, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
The use of secondary data and data linkage is rapidly expanding in occupational epidemiology research and health surveillance. Over the past 2 years, a multi-site investigation conducted by the Miners Health Study Group (MHSG), led by the University of Illinois at Chicago, has explored secondary data from national and state-based sources for their utility in quantifying exposures, risk factors, and adverse health outcomes among U.S. miners. Miners are not only at risk for lung disease from dust and fine particulates exposure,  but face myriad other workplace hazards including noise, vibration, heat, carbon monoxide, shift work, and mandatory overtime. Miners also share other risk factors for chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease that can include predominantly male gender, higher rates of tobacco use, obesity, rural residence, alcohol use, and high fat diets.

The MHSG data sources explored and analyzed have included state based workers’ compensation programs and national data including sources from the Department of Labor, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and NIOSH.

In this roundtable session, MHSG investigators will lead discussions based on our experiences with these data and their data stewards, including:

  • Accessing public health and healthcare data -- barriers and strategies to move forward

  • Linkage of health and exposure data.

  • Using data from specialized occupational health clinics to evaluate cardiopulmonary morbidity in miners – experiences from the Black Lung Clinics and Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Programs

  • Quantifying chronic disease risk factors in miners-- from national survey data to surveying local miners

  • Integration of results to guide policy.


Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify secondary data resources available to characterize hazards, exposures and health outcomes among miners and other workers in dusty industries in the US Describe the uses and limitations of state and national secondary data resources. Explore methods and develop recommendations for improving secondary data resources in the U.S. in order to better characterize hazards, exposure, and health outcomes among miners and other workers in dusty industries.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principle investigator on this research and have been engaged in the development, analysis, and reporting of this data.
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.