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Workshop: Methods and examples for comparative risk assessment: Integration of incidence rates and outcome

Authors: Jung-Der Wang and Hung-Yi Chuang
Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 12:00-4:00PM
Location: Lake Erie Room, 8th Floor

This workshop aims to create a frame work of quantifying the expected impacts of occupational and environmental health risks and to develop the participants’ capability for conducting a comparative health assessment in their health interventions/strategies. By sharing the experiences of what have developed and applied for comparative assessment of health risks/outcomes in Taiwan, we will enhance the understanding and ability of participants to apply the same technology in their own settings and improve the efficiency and equity of resources allocation for occupational and environmental health.

It is designed as a platform for participants and stakeholders to understand and apply QALY and lifetime healthcare costs calculated by ‘iSQoL’ (Integration of Survival with Quality of Life) software designed by scholars from Taiwan, through which preventive services can be directly compared with other healthcare services under the units of life-year (LY), QALY (quality-adjusted life year), and lifetime costs saved from prevention. All participants are expected to have taken basic biostatistics and epidemiology courses before, and they are advised to bring a notebook computer to download the free iSQoL software and document to practice running it on their computer from the following website (http://www.stat.sinica.edu.tw/isqol/). International scholars may also bring a cohort data followed for 5-10 years plus the life table of their countries for a brave trial.

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Workshop: Editor's perspective on publishing science

Authors: Lesley Rushton, Malcolm Sim, and Noah Seixas
Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 2:00-4:00PM
Location: Lake Ontario Room, 8th Floor

Editors of environmental and occupational health journals will discuss what they are looking for in scientific articles. They will discuss manuscript preparation, submission and the process of manuscript review and editing. Of particular attention will be a discussion of do's and don'ts in the preparation and submission process. PhD students and early/mid career researchers will benefit from participation in this popular session with a goal of capacity building.

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Workshop: Designing Practical Interventions for Small Businesses - Lessons Learned

Authors: Lisa Brosseau, Anca Bejan, Samuel Yamin, Yogindra Samant, and Alysha Meyers
Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 2:00-4:30PM
Location: Lake Huron, 8th Floor

This workshop will assist participants with understanding how to develop and evaluate sustainable health and safety (h&s) interventions for small enterprises, and how to work effectively with small business owners. Speakers will provide an overview of lessons learned from three interventions conducted in Minnesota (the Minnesota Wood Dust Study, the Minnesota Machine Guarding Study, and the Collision Auto Repair Safety Study), as well as one nationwide U.S. study (the National Machine Guarding Program) and discuss experiences of the Norwegian Labor Inspectorate and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Panel discussions will be structured around the following topics: understanding the needs of small businesses; barriers and incentives to participation in research studies; selecting affordable outcome measures; intervention sustainability; and, strategies for intervention scale-up and dissemination opportunities. The success of any intervention hinges on researchers' ability to gain insight and understand the complex nature of the small businesses environment and inter-personal relationship dynamics within a specific industry, as well as selecting appropriate and realistic intervention activities and measures of success.

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Workshop: Current Topics and Methods in Surveillance of Disease in Mining Populations

Authors: Robert Cohen, Judith Graber, Cecile Rose, Francis H.Y. Green, Kirsten Almberg, Lee Petsonk, Angela Basanets
Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 12:00-4:00PM
Location: Lake Michigan Room, 8th Floor

This workshop will review current data on disease in international mining populations including: results of surveillance using chest imaging; physiology; pathology; mortality data; and the use of compensation and health care administrative data sets linked to exposure compliance data in order to understand the patterns and prevalence of disease. Information on the health status of retired, disabled, and inactive miners will be reviewed. The workshop will focus on methods to identify and manage bias from healthy worker survivor effect, as well as linking disparate data sets will be discussed. Miners continue to suffer from an excess of chronic respiratory disease as well as other adverse health effects resulting from their occupational exposures. While there had been remarkable progress in reducing pneumoconiosis in coal miners in the U.S. after implementation of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, recently this trend has reversed. Since 1995, the rate of coal worker’s pneumoconiosis among coal miners has been increasing. Equally disturbing is the increased incidence of rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis, a severe occupational respiratory disease primarily seen in younger coal miners. In addition to pneumoconiosis, miners exposed to respirable silica and coal mine dust can develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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Social Event: Labor History Tour

Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 2:00-4:00PM*
Location: 8th Street Entrance of Hilton Hotel
Cost: FREE. SOLD OUT. Join the waiting list.

Haymarket Square Haymarket Square

This tour will include visit to Haymarket Square, the Court House, and the Hull House.

* Windy City Limousine buses will board at 2:00pm at the 8th Street entrance of the Hilton Hotel.

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Opening Reception

Time: Tuesday, June 24th, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Grand Ballroom

Time Event
5:00PM Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres
5:30PM Dr. Leslie Stayner, Chair of EPICOH 2014-Introductory Remarks
5:45PM Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf, Dean of the UIC School of Public Health-Welcome from UIC SPH
6:15PM Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
6:45PM Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH
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TUESDAY, JUNE 24

Registration Hours

The Registration and Help Table (located in the lobby of Stevens Salon A-3 to the right near the ramp) will be open 12:00pm - 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 24.

Program at a Glance

All events are located at or departing from the Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Click on the session titles below to view additional details.

Time Session Location
12:00-4:00PM
Workshop: Methods and examples for comparative risk assessment: Integration of incidence rates and outcome

Jung-Der Wang and Hung-Yi Chuang

Lake Erie Room, 8th Floor

12:00-4:00PM
Workshop: Current Topics and Methods in Surveillance of Disease in Mining Populations

Robert Cohen, Judith Graber, Cecile Rose, Francis H.Y. Green, Kirsten Almberg, Lee Petsonk, Angela Basanets

Lake Michigan Room, 8th Floor

2:00-4:00PM
Workshop: Editor's perspective on publishing science

Lesley Rushton, Malcolm Sim, and Noah Seixas

Lake Ontario Room, 8th Floor

2:00-4:30PM
Workshop: Designing Practical Interventions for Small Businesses - Lessons Learned

Lisa Brosseau, Anca Bejan, Samuel Yamin, Yogindra Samant, and Alysha Meyers

Lake Huron Room, 8th Floor

2:00-4:00PM*
Social Event: Labor History Tour

Cost: FREE. SOLD OUT. Join the waiting list.
* Windy City Limousine buses will board at 2:00pm at the 8th Street entrance of the Hilton Hotel.

Haymarket Square Haymarket Square

This tour will include visit to Haymarket Square, the Court House, and the Hull House.

8th Street Entrance

5:00–7:30PM
Opening Reception

Grand Ballroom