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Occupational health outcomes among self-identified immigrant workers living and working in Somerville, Massachusetts 2006-2009.
Panikkar-B; Woodin-MA; Brugge-D; Desmarais-AM; Hyatt-R; Gute-DM; Community Partners of the Somerville Community Immigrant Worker Project
J Immigr Minor Health 2013 Oct; 15(5):882-889
This study examines the burden of occupational health risks among a convenience sample of three immigrant worker populations (Brazilian, Haitian, and El Salvadoran) in Somerville, Massachusetts. In this community based research initiative (n = 346), logistic regression is used to analyze immigrant occupational health survey data collected from 2006 to 2009. In this study, injuries at work were significantly associated with lower English proficiency (OR = 1.8, 95 % CI 1.1-3.0), workers between the ages of 46 and 65 (OR = 2.7, 95 % CI 1.0-7.0), service workers (OR = 13.8, 95 % CI 1.8-105.2), production workers (OR = 10.8, 95 % CI 1.3-90.1), construction workers (OR: 21.7, 95 % CI 2.8-170.9) and immigrants with no health insurance (OR = 1.8, 95 % CI 1.0-3.1). Injuries were negatively associated with years in the US with more established immigrants in the US >15 years reporting more injuries at work. Older immigrants who have been in the US longer but are less proficient in English, and are still employed in low-wage occupations with no health insurance suffered more injuries than recent immigrants. Further validation of this result is required.
Health-care; Occupational-health; Occupations; Racial-factors; Service-industries; Health-services; Health-surveys; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Construction; Construction-workers; Injuries; Service-industries; Industrial-factory-workers; Age-factors; Author Keywords: Occupational health; Immigrant health; Construction; Health access; Community based participatory research
Bindu Panikkar, Department of Sociology and Anthroplogy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Issue of Publication
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division