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Seminar on Occupational Health and Equity
WhenWednesday, Nov 13, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus roomHUB Rm 145
Event typesLectures/Seminars

Understanding Occupational Health Through the Lens of Equity

The Whole U encourages you to join us for an important seminar and conversation on occupational health, race and difference, and equity on Wednesday, November 13 in the Husky Union Building from noon to 1:00 p.m.

This seminar kicks off The Whole U’s 5-part Speaker Series: Understanding Health and Wellness Through the Lens of Equity and will discuss how issues of race and difference in broader society as well as on campus serve as social determinants of occupational health.

Everyday direct and indirect discrimination funnels certain workers into certain jobs and predisposes them to illnesses and injuries associated with work life. Join us as we become better educated on these issues and learn routes for change.

About the Speakers

Noah Seixas PhD, MS, CIH – UW Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Dr. Seixas is a certified industrial hygienist with an emphasis on the quantification of exposure for occupational epidemiology. In addition to teaching occupational hygiene courses and maintaining an active research program, Dr. Seixas serves as Chief Editor of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene.

Current research interests include characterization of exposures and intervention strategies to control exposures to noise in construction and welding fume in shipyards. Dr. Seixas is also interested in organizational factors that may contribute to disparaties in occupational health experience, especially among immigrant workers.

Butch de Castro PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN – UW School of Nursing
My research focuses on occupational health disparities, emphasizing how employment opportunities, job conditions, and work organization contribute to chronic stress and occupational-related injury and illness. I utilize a variety of methodologies including longitudinal study designs, biomarkers, large survey datasets, and participatory strategies. My teaching style applies a health equity and social determinants of health framework, incorporates problem-based learning, encourages community advocacy service projects, and utilizes digital media.

Prior to coming to the UW, I spent time in the occupational health policy arena having worked in federal OSHA’s Office of Occupational Health Nursing and with the American Nurses Association. Before that, I was as a Public Health Nurse with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. I am a member of the Washington State Nurses Association, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and American Public Health Association.

About the Series
The Whole U speaker series on Understanding Health and Wellness Through the Lens of Equity is funded by a UW Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant as a project that aligns with the 2019-2021 UW Diversity Blueprint and supports institutional transformation across UW’s tri-campus community. In 2020, The Whole U will host panels as part of this series focused on occupational health, mental health, physical health, educational wellness, and medical access.

The UW Diversity Blueprint was developed to challenge the university to live up to our mission of valuing diversity in perspectives, creating a welcoming learning environment for all students, and promoting broad access and equal opportunity. Both the blueprint and the seed grants are important steps toward fostering and furthering a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse university.

Through this Speaker Series, The Whole U’s aim is to collectively build a platform where UW experts and laypeople alike can come together to learn, share knowledge and experiences, and ultimately advance the conversation toward articulating a clearer, more representative vision for how to address health disparities driven by issues of race and difference.

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