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FREE webinar: Healthy Work Collaborative: Addressing Precarious Work through Social Change

Date: December 7, 2018
Location: Online

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Program Summary:

Precarious employment is a complex problem that impacts an increasing number of workers in all economic sectors, resulting in adverse worker, family, and community health outcomes. Characterized by low wages, hazardous conditions, few benefits, and limited opportunities for workplace participation or advancement, precarious jobs preclude workplace-based health interventions. Workplace-based interventions may also disregard political, economic, and social factors that lead to the fracturing of traditional employer-employee relationships and discriminatory practices. Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) initiatives may be applicable to improve health for workers in precarious jobs by addressing community and structural-level barriers to health. However, little is known about how PSE approaches might promote healthy work.

Healthy Communities through Healthy Work (HCHW) is an action research outreach project of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Healthy Work, a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. Based on HCHW's first action research phase results, the Healthy Work Collaborative was developed. The Healthy Work Collaborative consisted of eight teams of multi-sectoral partners representing public health, healthcare, union, worker center, and worker advocacy organizations. Teams participated in a six-session capacity building process in the summer of 2018. This webinar will share the evidence-based development of the Healthy Work Collaborative; its implementation and lessons learned; and early evaluation results.
In this webinar, you will learn:
  • Identify historical trends that have led to the current state of employment
  • Describe the current state of employment in the United States
  • Define precarious work and its root causes
  • Discuss facilitators and barriers to healthy work
  • Define PSE approaches and how they address structural change
  • Discuss the importance of multi-sectoral work in addressing complex change
  • Understand how power and the levers of change are important skills for public health and healthcare organizations to be effective in addressing health inequity
  • Share findings that may lead to promising practices for PSE approaches to address precarious work
  • Discuss lessons learned from the process to date
Christina Welter, MPH, DrPH
Associate Director of the Doctorate, Public Health Leadership program, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, Director, Mid-America Center for Public Health Practice

Dr. Lorraine Conroy, MS, ScD​
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Tessa Bonney, MPH
Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health​
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm (PDT)
Registration Fee: FREE!
CPD hours
1.0 • Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace