OEHN Students at UCSF Making a Difference

UCSF Student Beth Goldstein measuring noise levels in San Francisco.

Each year, MS students from the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program at UCSF take part in community projects to gain experience in their field. Here is a snapshot of their work in 2010:

Maya Armenta helped the San Francisco Fire Department promote employee health and wellness by developing computer-based training modules on cardiovascular health, nutrition, obesity and cancer screening.

Rangineh Bassir designed computer-based training to communicate the Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella to firefighters and emergency responders with the San Francisco Fire Department.

Alison Dunn crafted a pandemic triage response for the City of San Jose. The plan integrated the city-wide intranet for podcasts and use of the existing health service personnel plan to reduce employee exposures.

Christine Gilmore developed a decision-matrix tool that allows supervisors at Bayer Healthcare to assess the health status of employees who work in aseptic areas of pharmaceutical production.

Lea Glick conducted a company-wide post-training evaluation with Abbott Diabetes Care employees. She measured their understanding and application of a musculoskeletal injury prevention initiative several weeks after the initial training.

Beth Goldstein worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Health on a pilot study that measured street noise levels in the Lower Polk Neighborhood, home to the city's second busiest fire house. Their results will allow stakeholders to assess the impact of noise within the community.

Lisa Hartmayer helped the City and County of San Francisco Departments of Public Health, Public Works, Environment, and the Mayor's Office create a city-wide, residential pilot program for the collection and disposal of unwanted medications. These may pose a health risk if flushed into the city's water system.

Erin Lum piloted a stress reduction program with Safeway employees. Before and after the program, she assessed employee stress by questionnaire and measurement of blood pressure and pulse. All three assessments demonstrated reductions suggesting the pilot was successful.

Kate Papadopoulos proposed an injury prevention program for hotel housekeeping staff that would provide non-slip shoes to reduce slips, trips and falls. She used Workers' Compensation claims data to show that the cost of introducing the program to 300 workers could be recouped if less than one injury per year were prevented.

Salena Quan used detailed injury data to design a three-part intervention program for hospital workers. It included a safety awareness campaign communicated by intranet, a wet-floor signage policy, and an educational program targeted at high-risk departments as well as new employee orientations.

 Project mentors included Colleen Bales, Ann Dinh, Catherine Dodd, Gaye Frisby, Julita Luty, Cynthia McNaughton, Tom Rivard, Kathy Tesdall and Tammy Watts, as well as OEHN program faculty member, Dana Drew Nord.

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