The symposium, “Occupational Health of Immigrant Workers: Reducing the Disparities” focuses on:
- Demographics and causes of global migration
- Relationship of migration to work
- Lack of immigrant health visibility and research
- 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 disparities
- Suggestions on how and why to reduce disparities in occupational health outcomes
Most examples are drawn from Latino immigration to the U.S.
About the speakers
Marc Schenker, MD, MPH
Schenker is distinguished professor of public health sciences and medicine, and associate vice provost for outreach and engagement at the University of California, Davis. He is director of the Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the Migration and Health Research Center. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and his MD from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship training in pulmonary disease in Boston (New England Medical Center and Harvard) and then went on to complete training in epidemiology and occupational medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, receiving the MPH in 1980. After serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he moved to Davis in 1983 to begin the occupational medicine program.
Since 2001, Castañeda has been the director of health initiative of the Americas at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley. A medical anthropologist by training, Castañeda was educated in Guatemala and Mexico. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in reproductive health at the University of California, San Francisco. She received post-doctoral training in social science and medicine at Harvard and at Amsterdam University.