Community health workers should be worker advocates
Authors: Richard Rabin
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CHWs trained in the basics of occupational safety and health are in a unique position to assist workers who are injured or made ill at their place of employment, or who may recognize a workplace hazard, but are unaware of their health and safety rights. CHWs who receive training on the workplace regulatory agencies (OSHA; workers’ compensation agencies; wage and hour enforcement agencies; workplace discrimination commissions, etc.) would be in a position to assist their employed clients in issues that are of greatest concern to them. In addition, CHWs would be in a position to refer and connect injured and other at-risk employees to other resources, such as advocacy organizations, immigrant groups, adult education classes, legal assistance.
Low-income and other disadvantaged workers experience many hazards to their health and well-being, and knowledgeable CHWs could play a significant role in assisting them to confront such challenges.