My research interests relate to population health through the notion of “Total Worker Health”, i.e. how to promote an individual’s health and wellbeing through the work environment and interventions. United States has approximately 4% of its working population in construction, an occupation known for its stress, strains, and occupational hazards. Overtime hours, extreme working environments and chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension and hearing losses are also challenges construction workers face.
Being affiliated with the College of Built Environments, Department of Construction Management, and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS, a NIOSH funded Education and Research Center) at the University of Washington, I am in a unique position to leverage a wealth of resources, talents, and contacts in my agenda of population health. One of my recent successes is the establishment of a new Master degree track, Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health, in 2015.
My overarching approach to support population health is by: (1) identifying and characterizing how the work environment in construction contributes to the personal-level health factors, (2) developing work-related technological, managerial and physical interventions to address the identified health factors, and (3) enabling the practical adoption of developed interventions through partnership, outreach, training and education. I am highly interested in the use of wearable technologies at the personal level and collaborate with industry practitioners as well as colleagues from the School of Public Health in the applications of sensing technologies for health studies in construction.
Seattle, WA, USA