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Black Lives Matter: Perspectives from the Healthy Work Campaign

Black Lives Matter: Perspectives from the Healthy Work Campaign

Along with the coronavirus pandemic, America’s epidemic of racism has taken a disproportionate number of black* lives.We watched the Black Lives Matter protests erupt in early June, after another white police officer kneeled on the neck and suffocated another black man—George Floyd. We have heard the pain and the rage of 400 years of violence committed against black Americans. The unacceptable violence inflicted upon black and brown bodies in the United States comes in…

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Job Posting. Part-time Outreach Coordinator Needed for the Healthy Work Campaign!

Job Posting Part-time Outreach Coordinator Needed for the Healthy Work Campaign @Center for Social Epidemiology and the Healthy Work Campaign The Center for Social Epidemiology (CSE) is a small, nonprofit organization located in Los Angeles, CA and the sponsor of the Healthy Work Campaign (www.healthywork.org). The HWC is a public health campaign focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the impacts of (psychosocial) work stress on mental and physical health and safety. The campaign…

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Is the government giving up on protecting working people from Covid-19

It appears that the U.S. government is exploring the possibility of trying to get working people back on the job without providing them with adequate protection in the form of PPE or insisting on proper social distancing. Sending people back to work without protection is a very poor form of trying to achieve herd immunity by infecting the entire population. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with trying to develop herd immunity now in…

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Stress in the Time of COVID-19

As we published our new Medium Article last week Blurred Boundaries: Work-life balance in the time of COVID-19, we received a newly released Stress in America report from the American Psychological Association (APA) on Stress in the Time of COVID-19. Between March 26 and April 4, at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey of a representative sample of 3,000+ U.S. adults was conducted on behalf of the APA to get a current…

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How to protect “essential’ working people from COVID-19 Epidemic

To protect the vulnerable from Covid-19 requires active, assertive and comprehensive identification of 1) those at risk; 2) those infected (but not symptomatic); 3) those with active symptoms; and 4) those who have been infected and now have immunity and can safely return to work. Groups 2 and 3 above pose great danger to our essential workers on the front line of the battle against this epidemic. To provide adequate protection to health workers…

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Linking job characteristics to mortality

This past week, an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology of the American Psychological Association found that job demands affect employee health outcomes. In This job is (literally) killing me: A moderated-mediated model linking work characteristics to mortality, the authors used theories from the work stress and medical literatures to argue that job control and cognitive ability moderate the positive relationship between job demands and the probability of mortality. They do so via…

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Workplace conditions that are contributing to the Covid-19 epidemic

Workplace conditions for essential workers typically have three characteristics that contribute to increased risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus and, once infected, more severe illness:Enclosed spacesHigh population densityPersistent work stressors contribute to biological stress which in turn impacts the workers immune systemAs a consequence we have multiple, structurally imposed feedback loopsMany workers vulnerable to COVID19.Many workers exposed to covid-19 at work Many workers bring iCOVID-19 back to their communities. Living conditions for essential…

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Work Stressors contribute to the following health outcomes

There has been a lot of work documenting the role of work stressors in contributing to illness in working people. The list of health outcomes is considerable. Work stressors such as job strain, imbalance between effort and reward (ERI) , threat avoidant vigilance (TAV), lack of social support at work, long work hours, job insecurity and many play a role in health outcomes. These outcomes include mental health outcomes such as AnxietyExhaustionBurnout Depression as…

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