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WEBINAR | Workers and Health: How Frontline Providers Make a Difference in the Protection of Migrant Workers and Their Families (Aaron E Henry Health Center)

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DATE RECORDED: October 6, 2015

PRESENTED BY: Edward Zuroweste, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health

 

EOH iconMCN’s Environmental and Occupational Health Programs

Migrant workers are often employed in some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States including agriculture, fishing, forestry and other low wage jobs. Factors such as lack of training, poor safety precautions, regulatory exclusions, lack of health insurance, language barriers, piece-rate pay, undocumented worker status, and geographical and cultural isolation can put these workers at increased risk for occupationally related injuries and illnesses and chronic sequelae. Exposure to pesticides and other contaminants is a particular concern to migrants and their families.

This session will use case studies to overview  health risks facing migrants as a result of their working conditions and environment. It will review the long history of regulatory exclusions and its impact on migrant health. It will also highlight promising practices for the incorporation of environmental and occupation health in the practice settings, showcasing successful initiatives employed in Community and Migrant Health Centers.  Lastly, this session will review and show participants how to access clinical and patient education resources and tools to address worker health. Overall, participants will become familiar with the importance of and methods to integrate environmental and occupational health into the practices settings from both a clinical and social justice perspective.

 


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