OHIP Grows the Worker Health & Safety Movement
This summer Worksafe was thrilled to participate in the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) – a national effort that links students with unions and worker organizations to investigate workplace health and safety issues.
Worksafe helped support two OHIP interns who were placed with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265 in San Jose. Grace and Sophia spent the summer learning from the union, talking with bus operators about their working conditions, and conducting a health assessment of split shifts.
OHIP is close to our hearts here at Worksafe. It was founded in 2004 by former Executive Director Gail Bateson and board member Dr. Bob Harrison. We've got an OHIP alumna on staff, and we get to collaborate with OHIP affiliates on a regular basis.
"I joined OHIP with the goal of gaining worker perspectives on health and safety in the workplace. That way, I could better understand, advocate for, and treat future patients. Beyond that, I gained insight into the politics of unions and employers and enjoyed the warm welcome and company of workers." – Grace An, Rutgers Medical School
"I learned about the importance of listening to worker stories and making them feel like their voices are heard. As someone who uses the bus system quite often, I never considered the hazards and stressors that bus operators face on a daily basis, so this internship made me more informed and aware." – Sophia Sidhu, UCLA
OHIP is a smart program with a proven track record, and we would love to see it grow – more students plugged in, more organizations served, more workers reached. Please contact OHIP if you are able to donate to the program or host interns next summer. Planning to attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego this fall? Grace and Sophia will be speaking on a panel with other OHIP interns on Tuesday, November 13th at 2PM. Come say hi!