Online Program

Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP): Twelve years on - still shaping the future of OHS

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Sarah Jacobs, MPH, Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program (LOSH), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Ventura, CA
Kevin Riley, PhD MPH, Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Katherine Kirkland, DrPH, MPH, Association of Occupational & Environmental Clinics, Washington, DC
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Matt London, MS, NENYCOSH, Albany, NY
Linda Delp, PhD, MPH, Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Ingrid A. Denis, MA, Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, Washington, DC
Katherine Zielke, RN, MPH, National Farm Medicine Center, Columbia, SC
Citadel Cabasag, M.S., Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
Ornella Leukou, Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, University at Albany, School of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Tessa Bonney, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Anika Larson, University of Washington
Dawn Surratt, RN, MSN, CNS, School of Nursing, Occupational & Environmental Health, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) is actively working to ensure that there is an infusion of young, multi-ethnic activists entering the field of occupational health and safety (OHS). More than half of working OHIP alumni have remained in OHS or a related field, and are making an impact through their research, teaching, and patient care. Others have gone into other professions positively influenced by their OHIP experiences.

Since 2004, pairs of students with diverse technical, language, and cultural skills are placed each summer with a host union or community group at one of OHIP’s training sites across the country. The students investigate health and safety (H&S) concerns of workers, often of new immigrant groups, employed in underserved or high hazard jobs. Students interact directly with workers and organization leaders, observe working conditions, and provide a “give-back” product that helps address H&S issues.

A panel of OHIP students will present their 2015 projects. Last year's presentations included: H&S capacity building for day laborers and their employers; assessment of working conditions of street food vendors; investigation of sleep quality and H&S hazards of Filipino home aides while working in clients’ homes; prevalence of H&S, environmental hazards, and work-related injuries of carwash workers; and investigation of occupational hazards and the impact on Latino temp workers in manufacturing.

Presenters will describe how they involved workers in formulating their project, summarize their findings and recommendations, and describe the health education product that they provided to their host organization.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the goal of student-worker collaborative field-based experience to address workplace issues. Describe how participatory research projects can help motivate public health students or students in a related discipline to enter the OHS field. Describe the benefits of pairing students and workers who share a common language or culture to identify and address workplace issues.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As an advanced practice community health nurse I have worked towards improving the social determinants of health for marginalized populations, such as (immigrant) low-wage workers. My current clinical placement as a nurse practitioner student focuses on primary care for veterans, many who have histories of substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness. As a future primary care provider, I will continue serving underserved communities.
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.