Providing Service to the Community
The Southern California Education and Research Center goes beyond training our graduate students, residents, and working professionals. We provide a wide variety of services to the community. Each academic department, as well as the Outreach Program itself, delivers assistance in many ways.
Through the years, the Outreach Program has conducted extensive activities that benefit the professional occupational safety and health community as well as the broader population. Examples of these activities demonstrate the wide-ranging scope and impact of the program:
Preventing Injury and Illness to Service Workers
Immigrant Occupational Health Scenario
Mechanic Occupational Health Scenario
Ergo Health Scenario
Painter Occupational Health Scenario
L Li , M Niu, Y Zhu (2020): Assessing the effectiveness of using various face coverings to mitigate the transport of airborne particles produced by coughing indoors, Aerosol Science and Technology.
Occupational Medicine Program:
Hosts an annual Symposium on Occupational and Environmental Health Threats at UC Irvine in collaboration with the UCI COEH.
Dr. Alya Khan moderates the Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) COVID-19 Podcast Series, speaking with physicians in the field.
Offers a monthly CME Grand Round for occupational health physicians and nurses in Orange County.
Faculty provide outreach talks on a range of occupational and environmental health topics to labor organizations and community groups (e.g. the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islanders Community Alliance, and Latino Health Access).
Faculty are active members of national and regional occupational and environmental medicine societies. Dr. Baker was the past-president of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology; Dr. Kleinman is Chair of the State of California Scientific Review Panel for Toxic Substances.
Industrial Hygiene Program:
In 2022, Dr. Shane Que Hee, Dr. Candace Tsai, and three industrial hygiene graduate students presented their research at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition in Nashville.
Provides presentations and invited talks at conferences nationally and internationally by faculty that have included the California Air Resources Board, the Chinese Consulate General, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the American Aerosol Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Public Health Association, and the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition AIHCE (every year).
Is regularly covered by media locally and nationally on topics, such as research findings on school bus filtration systems, air pollution, and hazardous materials.
Partnered with BSI Group, Inc. and Kaiser Permanente to present the EHSsentials Symposium for Environment, Safety and Healthcare in past years.
Organizes a recruitment booth at AIHCEs in Region IX and West Coast states.
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program:
The OEHN Program is serving as ongoing consultant to workplace injury prevention project for JDSU Corporation, working with an OHN and professional trainer in providing literature review, logistic support to program development, statistical analysis, presentation development for internal and external dissemination, and writing for publication of successful program outcomes.
Faculty and students serve as officers in professional associations. Dr. Wendie Robbins has served as President-Elect of the California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Dr. Robbins serves on the Consultant Panel of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The Outreach Office:
Hosts a biannual online Mental Health in the Workplace Symposium, free of charge. CME and other accreditation offered. Sessions intended for physicians, nurses, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, and other workplace professionals.
Provides research findings by ERC faculty/trainees summarized into easy-to-read infographics on the SCERC website and social media.
Offers a video on the website, “Preventing Injury and Illness for Service Workers.”
Shares OEHN and IH Student Videos which share about their ERC program experience and learning about the occupational health field, raising OH career awareness and recruitment of ERC trainees.
Learning, Leadership & Professional Development Program (LLPD)
Dr. Pouran Faghri will lead this initiative to further train graduate students interested in occupational health through a series of seminars, public speaking development, delivering outreach to workplaces and the community, and other learning activities which will be offered throughout the year. The Program will look to reach out to other graduate student clubs on campus for the opportunity of interdisciplinary collaborations. The Program also aims to identify gaps, forecast future workforce trends and needs, and recommend ERC Program Directors to where to strengthen the skills of students for workforce development through their teaching practices.
Zoom Talks with Alumni
Zoom Talks will be held where ERC Alumni are invited to speak with students about working in the field and what workplace issues they have faced. The sessions will be moderated by a faculty member who will guide the session and students will be able to ask questions. Faculty will be invited to join and offer potential advise to the working professionals on their workplace issues they encounter, which can benefit the professional and their workplace.
We aim to host one Alumni Talk each academic quarter with two alumni guests from the Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health Nursing, and Occupational Medicine fields.
Programs will offer organizations and businesses in minority communities or with minority owners or leadership brief consultations on their IIPP or other workplace practices. Since this is a brief commitment, the topic would probably be limited to, e.g., is the ventilation system adequate, do they need a medical surveillance program, do they have slip, trip and fall hazards they may be aware of?
Members of the SCERC Advisory Board and committee members, most of whom are practicing professionals, would mentor the participating students, under faculty supervision. Second year students and PhD candidates, either individually or in interdisciplinary groups of two or three would spend part of a day at a business, write a report on their findings, discuss the report with the mentor and faculty supervisor and report back to the business on what they found and suggestions for improvements.
Cal/OSHA Safety Updates Webinars
COVID-19 Updates in the Workplace Webinars
Webinar series hosted for two years of the pandemic. See video recordings here.
WOEMA COVID-19 Podcast
Dr. Alya Khan moderates a podcast series for the Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (WOEMA) on COVID-19.
March 16, 2022: WOEMA Podcast: Vision for 2022 with Dr. Rupali Das
January 12, 2022: COVID: Interaction with Public Health with Dr. Christian Sandrock
December 29, 2021: COVID: Vaccine Basics with Dr. Christian Sandrock
December 23, 2021: Living Life Around COVID, Episode 5 with Dr. Christian Sandrock
December 23, 2021: COVID: Back on your Feet, Episode 4 with Dr. Christian Sandrock
December 16, 2021: COVID: The Basics with Dr. Christian Sandrock
September 15, 2021: ACPA Stanford Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Management with Dr. Steven Feinberg
September 1, 2021: WOHC 2021 – A Behind-the-Scenes Look at After the Pandemic, Part 2 with Alison Steinbach
August 19, 2021: Health Care Disparities with Chyke A. Doubeni
August 3, 2021: WOHC 2021 – A Behind-the-Scenes Look at After the Pandemic with Dr. George Poste
CLEANING WORKERS RESEARCH DATABASE
NORA Services Sector, Accommodations Subgroup