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Research to action: Chinese immigrant restaurant workers apply popular education and community based research for social justice.

Lee PT; Minkler M; Chang C; Baker R; Krause N; Salvatore A
APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 6-10, 2010, Denver, Colorado. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2010 Nov; :222567
This presentation describes the training and extensive involvement of low wage immigrant restaurant workers in a community-based participatory (CBPR) partnership to address the workers' concerns with occupational health and safety in San Francisco's Chinatown district. Formation and functioning of a partnership between a Chinese community based worker center organization, a local health department, and faculty and staff at two research universities, together with 17 restaurant workers is described, as are the two levels of data collection (restaurant, n=106 and individual worker, n= 433) undertaken. We then focus on the training of a core group of restaurant workers and their extensive involvement in instrument construction, survey administration, data interpretation, and dissemination and use of the findings to begin working for relevant policy change. Contributions of the project to individual and community capacity building among all team members is explored. This partnership spanned a period of 4 years and is currently in the action: campaign and policy development phase.
Sociological-factors; Health-hazards; Risk-factors; Humans; Men; Women; Training; Food-services; Food-handlers; Physiology; Physiological-effects; Psychology; Psychological-effects; Hazards; Demographic-characteristics; Environmental-hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Heat-exposure; Fall-protection; Injuries; Stress; Workers; Work-environment; Violence-prevention; Public-health; Health-programs; Safety-programs
Alicia Salvatore, Stanford University, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Medical School Office Building, 251 Campus Drive, MC5411, Stanford, CA 94305
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APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 6-10, 2010, Denver, Colorado
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