Course: Occupational Health and Vulnerable Worker Populations
Select a vulnerable population of interest to you, such as a subgroup of workers susceptible to adverse occupational exposures and conditions. From the perspective of one who is advocating for this population, please include the following in your paper:
- Provide an overview of issues that impact the population's ability to work in a safe and healthful environment
- Identify specific interventions to maintain employment and optimize health and productivity, these may be at the individual or organization level (examples include: policy changes, hazard control, health protection/health promotion, educational programs)
- Include an executive summary after the title page - (Title; description of population; description of major issues; discussion and recommendation for interventions) in your final paper and share the abstract with your fellow students. The executive summary should be no more than 2 pages. This is the equivalent of about 5 minutes of speaking, which would be the norm in, for example, testimony on behalf of your population.
- Include a formatted reference list of books and peer-reviewed articles. We discourage the use of internet sites for primary information.
Your paper - There is no required number of references. Think about advocating for your population - convince the reader that your group deserves resources, policy changes, or other support.
The paper should be no more than 20 typed, double-spaced pages.
Examples of vulnerable worker populations that could be selected for the paper topic are workers with diabetes or seizure disorders, shift workers, or hearing- or vision-impaired workers.
- Describe the characteristics that make the population vulnerable and the barriers to safe and productive employment
- Discuss relevant workplace conditions and specific hazards
- Workplace considerations and program design to maintain health and productivity of the worker
- Recommend appropriate interventions to protect and maintain health of the worker