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Using community-based participatory research to design and initiate a study on immigrant worker health and safety in San Francisco's Chinatown restaurants.
Minkler M; Lee PT; Tom A; Chang C; Morales A; Liu SS; Salvatore A; Baker R; Chen F; Bhatia R; Krause N
Am J Ind Med 2010 Apr; 53(4):362-371
Background: Restaurant workers have among the highest rates of work-related illness and injury in the US, but little is known about the working conditions and occupational health status of Chinese immigrant restaurant workers. Methods: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) was employed to study restaurant working conditions and worker health in San Francisco's Chinatown. A community/academic/health department collaborative was formed and 23 restaurant workers trained on research techniques and worker health and safety. A worker survey instrument and a restaurant observational checklist were collaboratively developed. The checklist was piloted in 71 Chinatown restaurants, and the questionnaire administered to 433 restaurant workers. Results: Restaurant workers, together with other partners, made substantial contributions to construction of the survey and checklist tools and improved their cultural appropriateness. The utility of the checklist tool for restaurant-level data collection was demonstrated. Conclusions: CBPR holds promise for both studying worker health and safety among immigrantChinese restaurantworkers and developing culturally appropriate research tools. A new observational checklist also has potential for restaurant-level data collection on worker health and safety conditions.
Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Food-services; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Physical-reactions; Physical-stress; Physiological-effects; Physiological-function; Physiology; Physiological-stress; Stress; Education; Health-care; Training; Psychological-stress; Psychology; Racial-factors; Author Keywords: community-based participatory research; immigrant; restaurant; occupational health and safety; Chinese
Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, Professor and Director, Health and Social Behavior School of Public Health, 50 University Hall #7360, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of California Berkeley
Page last reviewed: June 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division