2015 Projects

New York City

Assess the impact of the new mandatory sick leave policy on restaurant workers in NYC

Students:

Megan McConnell & Gladys Palaguachi

Hosts:

The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (BCCHE) of Queens College

New York City

Identify impact of staffing levels, including overtime worked, on occupational injury and illness patterns in acute care hospitals in NYC

Students:

Thomas Cordon & Cristina Echeverria

Hosts:

SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHE)

SF Bay Area

Investigate safety and health-related issues that airline service workers experience in their workplace environment at the San Francisco International Airport

Students:

Yvette Ramirez & Becky Tse

Hosts:

SEIU-USWW Airport Workers

SF Bay Area

Investigate heat illness prevention among Laborer’s Union members

Students:

Mara Ortenburger & Aillen Zazueta-Bella

Hosts:

Laborer's Union Local 67

SF Bay Area

Determine use of and access to paid sick days, and subsequent effects on occupational health and safety/workplace hazards

Students:

Anika Larson & Ornella Leukou Nzoutchoum

Hosts:

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)

SF Bay Area

Evaluate the impact of nail salon owners and workers who have participated in the Nails Salon Collaborative to determine the benefits of working in a healthy nail salon

Students:

Tai Hoang & Lien Nguyen

Hosts:

Nail Salon Collaborative

Los Angeles

Investigate sleep quality and H&S hazards of Pilipino home health aides while working in clients' homes

Students:

Citadel Cabasag & Rita Phetmixay

Hosts:

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

Los Angeles

Identify “best practices” for implementing new H&S standards in healthcare and use findings to develop new curricula on Cal/OSHA’s new workplace violence prevention standard

Students:

Maria Camacho & Kareem Elzein

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 121RN

Los Angeles

Incorporate occupational health into care provision in community health centers

Students:

Josefina Flores & Sarah Jane Smith

Hosts:

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

Orange County

Investigate musculoskeletal disorders and other H&S concerns among hotel housekeepers and other staff

Students:

Julio Mora & Julissa Plascencia

Hosts:

UNITE HERE Local 11

San Diego

Assess the working conditions of street food vendors in the City Heights area of SD

Students:

Bryan FitzGerald & Karen Munoz

Hosts:

The Employee Rights Center (ERC)

Boston

Investigate occupational H&S issues and hazards facing immigrant and temporary agency workers

Students:

Carol Ochoa & Maia Rodriguez-Semp

Hosts:

Boston Workers Center/MassCOSH

New Orleans

Investigate the labor and workplace conditions of Latino immigrant shipyard workers in Southeast Louisiana

Students:

Adam Kline & Dawn Surratt

Hosts:

New Orleans Workers’ Center, National Guestworker Alliance

Chicago

Investigate hazards of temporary, low wage work in manufacturing and warehouse settings

Students:

Tessa Bonney & Samara Rivers

Hosts:

The Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC), Warehouse Workers for Justice

Marshfield, WI

Examine the different challenges of workplace H&S issues among immigrant workers in dairy agriculture

Students:

Elizabeth Steiner & Katherine Zielke

Hosts:

National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC)

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