Membership

Underserved Occupational Populations

Special Interest Section
Who Should Join?

Individuals concerned about improving the safety and health of unique occupational populations and those interested in ensuring occupational and environmental justice for workers.

Members come from both clinical and academic backgrounds or from a combination of both. Our members’ efforts to improve conditions for these populations have included published articles, dissemination of education/training to community clinics that treat these workers and are involved with workers’ rights, research that partners academic centers with the community, and public policy initiatives/involvement.

Overview

The Underserved Occupational Populations Section will provide a forum for ACOEM members who are interested in the special occupational health problems experienced by underserved populations which include more than 1.5 million migrant and seasonal agricultural workers; migrant construction workers, off-shore commercial fisherman, loggers, and hospitality workers. This section will focus on educating health professionals and the public on the needs of these populations; stimulating research on how to improve their working environments; and guiding public policy. 

Highlighted Activities
  • Participate in active email communications sharing pertinent information among members.
  • Developing an upcoming Listserv
  • Participate in partnership with the Migrant Clinicians Network.
  • White Paper: “The Health Status of Immigrant Workers in the US: A Work in Progress” 
  • Advocate for labor and health protections among underserved populations.
    • Statement of submitted to the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the February 26, 2013 Hearing: “Agricultural Labor: From H-2A to a Workable Agricultural Guestworker Program.”  
  • Hold annual in-person meeting at AOHC. 
  • Sponsor educational sessions at AOHC.