OHIP Project Archives

OHIP interns have played a vital role in some of the most exciting worker health and safety movements across the country since 2004.

2015

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)

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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)

2015

SF Bay Area

Investigate heat illness prevention among Laborer’s Union members

Students:

Mara Ortenburger & Aillen Zazueta-Bella

Hosts:

Laborer's Union

2015

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

2015

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)

2015

Los Angeles

Incorporate occupational health into care provision in community health centers

Students:

Josefina Flores & Sarah Smith

Hosts:

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

2015

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)

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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)

2014

Boston

Investigate occupational H&S hazards facing members in the Department of Public Works units and assist in building a union safety council with member reps from DPW units

Students:

Kimberly Sawyer & Rossmary Marquez

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888

2014

New York City

Document the prevalence of H&S hazards and work-related injuries of NYC car wash workers

Students:

Christopher Hasslinger & Carli Richie-Zavaleta

Hosts:

Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU)/UFCW

2014

New York City

Examine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on occupational injury and illness patterns in healthcare facilities in NY

Students:

Haley Stevens & Grace Barlet

Hosts:

SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHE)

2014

SF Bay Area

Prepare short videos demonstrating a new method for reducing hand vibration, hand force, and silica exposure during drilling

Students:

Adam Moskowitz & Gabriel Fregoso

Hosts:

OHB-CDPH and the University of CA Ergonomics Program & Laborer’s and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

2014

SF Bay Area

Investigate H&S issues in the food processing industry

Students:

Sivan Sadeh-Feria & Anna Cibils

Hosts:

Working Partnerships USA and International Brotherhood of Teamsters

2014

Marshfield, WI

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

Students:

Ivanna Pereyra & Taylor Arnold

Hosts:

National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC)

2014

Los Angeles

Examine chemicals of concern in black hair products at hair salons in South LA

Students:

Teni Adewumi & Esmeralda Ponce

Hosts:

Black Women for Wellness

2014

Los Angeles

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

Students:

Katie Wang & Regem Corpuz

Hosts:

Filipino Worker Center

2014

Los Angeles

Investigate injuries among registered nurses at hospital facilities in Southern California

Students:

Callum James & Rebecca Rich

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 121RN

2014

Los Angeles

Develop H&S training curriculum to be included in a new workforce development program for carwash workers

Students:

Paul Camarena & Claudia Pacheco

Hosts:

CLEAN Carwash Campaign

2014

San Diego

Assess the working conditions of street food vendors in the City Heights area of San Diego, CA

Students:

Karen Calderon & Jessica Vu

Hosts:

The Employee Rights Center (ERC)

2014

Denver

Expand the H&S capacity for contingent workers (day laborers) and their employers to create healthy and safe work environments and avoid illness and injury

Students:

Jeffrey Vredenburg & Melissa Bowman

Hosts:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment & Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores (El Centro)

2014

Chicago

Investigate hazards in light manufacturing: impact on Latino temp workers

Students:

Laura Campbell & Maria De La Luz Patino

Hosts:

The Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC)

2014

St. Paul, MN

Investigate injuries and working conditions among nursing assistants in Minnesota

Students:

Jessica Bianchi & Yuan Shao

Hosts:

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Research and Statistics unit

2014

SF Bay Area

Investigate H&S issues for transit workers (urban bus drivers)

Students:

Michelle Gonzalez & Elana Kessler

Hosts:

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 192

2014

SF Bay Area

Improve worker H&S through safer alternatives to toxic paint removers (methylene chloride/MeCl)

Students:

Erika Meza & Jeremy Sosman

Hosts:

Occupational Health Branch (OHB), California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

2014

Los Angeles

Evaluate the impact of the Santa Monica Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program on nail salons currently participating in the program

Students:

Jennifer Giang & Dung Nguyen

Hosts:

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

2013

Los Angeles

Workplace violence prevention in healthcare

Students:

Christopher Banks & Yasin Khan

Hosts:

SEIU 121RN

2013

Chicago

A silenced workforce: The disconnect between the rights and realitites of Chicago temp workers

Students:

Muinat Ishowo & Erica Starks

Hosts:

The Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC)

2013

Los Angeles

Ergonomic injury prevention: Interventions for hotel housekeepers

Students:

Ivan Rosales & Yvonne Monroy

Hosts:

UNITE HERE

2013

New York City

Development of health and safety materials for NYC Housing Authority workers

Students:

Casey Gin & Ibeth Garcia

Hosts:

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 237

2013

Montana

Injured workers: Returning to work and opioid dependency

Students:

Elizabeth Wang & Giorvanni Merilis

Hosts:

Montana Department of Labor and Industry

2013

SF Bay Area

Interventions for injury prevention in hotel housekeeping

Students:

Chloe González Coyle & Kelly Pratt

Hosts:

UNITE HERE

2013

Los Angeles

Documenting the work and health experiences of low-wage workers in community health centers in South LA

Students:

Amanda Brodell & Edith Hernandez

Hosts:

Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers (SCCHC)

2013

San Diego

Health and safety experience of Paleteros in City Heights

Students:

Cynthia Cheung & Mario Muniz

Hosts:

The Employee Rights Center (ERC)

2013

SF Bay Area

Preventing falls on California construction sites

Students:

Miquela Garcia & Ricardo Perez

Hosts:

Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health and CPWR

2013

Boston

Health and safety of vulnerable populations: Airport janitors and youth of color

Students:

Rae Axner & Sophie Lazar

Hosts:

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)

2013

Seattle

Development of a worker health and safety training evaluation guide

Students:

Kayla Eland & Noah Seixas

Hosts:

UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Casa Latina

2012

Boston

Investigating Teen Safety at Work

Students:

Matthew Levin & Jacob Gomes

Hosts:

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

2012

Seattle

Effectiveness of Interventions Among Metal Manufacturing Industries & Assessing Health and Safety Issues Faced by Janitors

Students:

Jacob Delbridge & Tori Crain

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union, Local 6 & Casa Latina

2012

San Diego

Workplace Safety Issues Among San Diego Taxi Drivers

Students:

Mina Nguyen & Roxana Said

Hosts:

United Taxi Workers of San Diego and Employee Rights Center

2012

Los Angeles

Health and Safety Concerns Among Airport Workers at LAX

Students:

Jordan DeLano & Brian Nguyen

Hosts:

SEIU United Services Workers West and Good Jobs LA

2012

SF Bay Area

Identifying Hazards in Recycling Operations

Students:

Lindsay McCormick & Carmen Martinez

Hosts:

International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 6

2012

New Hampshire

Health Disparities at Work Among Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Students:

Meghan Steele & Melia Haile

Hosts:

NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

2012

New York City

Assessment of Taxi Drivers’ Risks Posed by Prolonged Sitting, with Poor Access to Restrooms and Exercise

Students:

Matthew Brouillette & Toral Patel

Hosts:

NY Taxi Workers Alliance

2012

SF Bay Area

Preventing Workplace Violence at BART

Students:

Rachel Krow-Boniske & Madeleine Barab

Hosts:

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555

2012

Los Angeles

Chemical Safety for Nail Salon Workers

Students:

Sophia Cheng & Nina Nguyen

Hosts:

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

2012

SF Bay Area

Identifying Fall Hazards and Prevention Measures in Residential Roofing

Students:

Cindy Chimal & Leslie Mendoza

Hosts:

Roofers Union, Local 40

2012

Chicago

Health and Safety Programs for Domestic Workers

Students:

Sheila Serrano-Serrano

Hosts:

Latino Union

2012

Los Angeles

Assess Community Clinics’ Capacity to Identify and Address Work-Related Health Concerns Among Patient Populations

Students:

Chloe Green & Jaire Saunders

Hosts:

Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers

2012

Ohio

Health Effects Among Current and Former Employees of the Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant from Chemical and Radiologic Exposures

Students:

Mary Kathryn Fletcher & Erica Hunter-Wallace

Hosts:

United Steelworkers, Local 689

2011

San Diego

Workplace Safety Issues of Low-Wage, Immigrant Workers

Students:

Carolina Bracamonte-Espina & Jacqueline Velazquez

Hosts:

Employee Rights Center

2011

SF Bay Area

Silica Dust Control Methods on California Construction Sites

Students:

Cassandra Porchas & Michelle Santizo

Hosts:

CA Department of Public Health - OHB, Bricklayers L. 3

2011

Boston

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Issues for Nurses

Students:

Sonja Rivera

Hosts:

Massachusetts Nurses Association

2011

Boston

Teens at Work: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project

Students:

Katherine Williams & Marcela Cabello

Hosts:

Mass. Department of PH - Occupational Health Surveillance Program

2011

SF Bay Area

Working Conditions of Filipino Workers in Home Care and Residential Care Facilities

Students:

Nada Raoof & Kristel Tayag

Hosts:

Filipino Community Center

2011

Boston

Promotion of Occupational Safety and Health for Teen Workers

Students:

Yen Nguyen

Hosts:

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

2011

Chicago

Occupational Hazards Among Street Vendors

Students:

Veronica Foley & Liza Topete

Hosts:

Street Vendors Association

2011

New York

Evaluation of Fleet and Driver Safety Program

Students:

Monika Galecki & Nathan Warren-Kigenyi

Hosts:

Transport Workers Union of America L. 101

2011

Seattle

Health and Safety Hazards and Injuries Experienced by Supermarket Deli Workers

Students:

Rachael DeSouza & Janelle Cheung

Hosts:

United Food and Commercial Workers L. 21

2011

New York

Grassroots Occupational Safety and Health Program Evaluation

Students:

Nycole García-Román & Angela Villanueva

Hosts:

Make the Road New York

2011

Los Angeles

Occupational Hazards of Grocery Store Workers

Students:

Aditi Ananth & Gaspar Rivera

Hosts:

United Food and Commercial Workers Union

2011

Los Angeles

Health and Safety Hazards Among Warehouse Workers

Students:

Kimberly Aguirre & Karla Dominguez

Hosts:

Warehouse Workers United

2011

Los Angeles

Occupational Hazards of Waste and Recycling Workers

Students:

Kareen Espino & Ashley Kissinger

Hosts:

Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy

2011

SF Bay Area

Workplace Violence Prevention for Staff in a State Mental Health Hospital

Students:

Crystal Zheng & Kimberly Lopez

Hosts:

Service Employees International Union L. 1000

2011

Los Angeles

Chemical Exposures in Black Hair Salons and Hair Care

Students:

Asha Bell & Tyler Brewington

Hosts:

Black Women for Wellness