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Integrating occupational health with mainstream public health in Massachusetts: an approach to intervention.

Authors
Davis-L; Souza-K
Source
Public Health Rep 2009 Jul-Aug; 124(Suppl 1):5-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20042565
Abstract
In the late 19th century, workers' health was among the central concerns of the social reform movement to improve public health. Today, few state health agencies have comprehensive occupational health programs. Yet, state public health agencies have critical roles to play in occupational health and may be particularly instrumental in addressing the occupational health needs of underserved worker populations. Since the mid-1980s, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been working to build an occupational health program and promote the integration of occupational health concerns with ongoing public health activities in the state. This article provides a framework for considering the range of integration activities and presents examples of successful occupational health integration efforts in Massachusetts.
Keywords
Public-health; Occupational-health; Worker-health; Health-programs; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-health-programs
Contact
Letitia Davis, ScD, EdM, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington St., Boston, MA 02108
CODEN
PHRPA6
Publication Date
20090701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Letitia.Davis@state.ma.us
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
ISSN
0033-3549
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Public Health Reports
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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