Occupational Health Equity

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Not all workers have the same risk of experiencing a work-related health problem, even when they have the same job. Occupational health inequities are avoidable differences in work-related disease incidence, mental illness, or morbidity and mortality that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage such as work arrangements (e.g. contingent work), socio-demographic characteristics (e.g. age, sex, race, and class), and organizational factors (e.g. business size). The Occupational Health Equity program promotes research, outreach, and prevention activities that reduce health inequalities for workers who are at higher risk for occupational injury and illness as a result of social and economic structures historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

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Im/migration, Work, and HealthExternal
A recent edition of the Anthropology of Work Review dedicated to the occupational health of immigrant workers features a commentary on the limitations of current approaches to occupational safety and health and argues for the need to move toward a biosocial approach to worker health and well-being.


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Occupational Characteristics and telomere lengthExternal
A recent article in PLoS ONE, examines if occupational characteristics explain how fast telomeres (i.e., protective caps of chromosomes, a marker of cell-level aging) shorten, and if there are racial differences in the occupation-telomere relationship.

Page last reviewed: April 20, 2018