Occupational Health Equity
The Occupational Health Equity Program seeks to reduce health inequalities for workers who are at higher risk for occupational injury and illness across all industries. To do this work, the program intersects with several sector and cross-sector programs within the NIOSH Program Portfolio. Ten sector programs represent industrial sectors, and seven cross-sector programs are organized around health and safety outcomes. Occupational Health Equity is one of numerous core and specialty programs that represent core activities, mandates, special emphasis areas, and methodological approaches. The sector programs intersect with cross-sector programs in a matrix-like fashion, with relevant core and specialty programs playing a supporting role
This approach allows multiple programs to work towards accomplishing the shared research goals in the NIOSH Strategic Plan. Many of the goals highlight research needed to improve occupational safety and health for vulnerable workers, who are at increased risk for illness or injuries due to factors, such as age, race/ethnicity, class, nativity, and gender; economic trends, such as growth of the temporary workforce; and organizational factors, such as business size. Examples of goals that the Occupational Health Equity Program contributes to include:
- Improving safety and health among contingent workers and workers in non-standard work arrangements in the Services sector.
- Reducing musculoskeletal disorders and hearing loss among construction workers at disproportionate risk.
- Preventing neurologic disorders related to pesticide exposure among agricultural workers.
Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies related to the Occupational Health Equity program are invited to view the current funding opportunities