Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers:
Reducing the Disparities
MAY 1, 2014
The 2014 National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium was held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Cowles Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).
The seminar described the demographics and causes of global migration,the relationship of migration to work, and the lack of immigrant health visibility and research. Additionally, the speakers and attendees explored the causes and evidence for disparities in occupational health outcomes for immigrant workers, including increased workplace injury and illness compared to native workers. Cultural and personal impacts of these disparities were examined, as well as suggestions on how and why to reduce the disparities in occupational health outcomes.
The symposium also featured a question and answer discussion, post-presentation reception, and poster session. Recipients of pilot project funding from UMASH and MCOHS, as well as researchers from partners and collaborating institutions presented their research posters.
Marc Schenker, MD, MPH
Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine
Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement
University of California, Davis
Director of Health Initiative of the Americas
School of Public Health
University of California Berkeley
The NORA Symposium is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).