Helping Community Health Centers Serve Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries

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A new publication: Providing Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries

UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) partnered with the Watsonville Law Center to release a new booklet for community health centers (CHCs), Providing Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries, 2012. The booklet offers a step-by-step guide designed to help CHCs implement financially viable workers’ compensation programs to ensure low-wage workers with illegally uninsured employers have access to medical treatment under workers’ compensation.

More than five million individuals are part of the low-wage and underground-economy in California.1 Many of these workers become injured or ill due to hazardous job environments. Regrettably, nearly two-thirds of all reports of serious work-related injuries and illnesses come from this population.2

“This effort is an on-going statewide collaborative of government and non-profit agencies committed to eliminating unique barriers faced by agricultural and other low-wage immigrant workers in the workers’ compensation system,” Watsonville Law Center Executive Director Dori Rose Inda noted in a press release.

Sum Moves to DIR

LOHP Attorney and Project Director Juliann Sum, who led the collaborative project with the Watsonville Law Center, was recently appointed Special Advisor to the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, taking a leave-of-absence from LOHP after almost two decades. Sum previously served as a consultant to the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, the California Department of Industrial Relations, Worksafe, Inc., and Watsonville Law Center.

“Juliann has been such an important contributor to LOHP programs, with her combination of IH and legal skills, as well as her commitment to making technical information accessible to all types of audiences. We’re already missing her, but I know she is making a great contribution in her new role,” said LOHP Director Michael Wilson.

Links:
Providing Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries (pdf)

1Joint Press Release issued June 11, 2012, by the Department of Industrial Relations and the Watsonville Law Center, DIRNews, http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2012/IR2012-27.html.
2“Model Tools and Instructions for Community Health Centers in California, Providing Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries,” LOHP website, Copyright © 2012, Regents of the University of California/LOHP and Watsonville Law Center http://lohp.org/docs/projects/workerscomp/MedicalServicestoWorkers-2012.04.10.pdf.

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