Course: Occupational Health and Vulnerable Worker Populations

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Final Paper

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:

  1. Provide an overview of issues that impact the population's ability to work in a safe and healthful environment
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. Describe the characteristics that make the population vulnerable and the barriers to safe and productive employment
  2. Discuss relevant workplace conditions and specific hazards
  3. Workplace considerations and program design to maintain health and productivity of the worker
  4. Recommend appropriate interventions to protect and maintain health of the worker