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USF public health graduate co-authors national AIHA guidance on impact of COVID-19 on minority workers

Cover art: AIHA "Lens of Minority Populations in the Workplace During COVID-19"USF College of Public Health alumna Ivory Iheanacho MSPH ’14 recently co-authored a guidance document for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) on “The Lens of Minority Populations in the Workplace During COVID-19.”

This peer-reviewed guidance document is a resource for organizations looking to apply an equity lens to their COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The document presents a data driven analysis of the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on minority populations in the US. Socioeconomic concerns are addressed including reduced access to telework options; higher numbers of multigenerational households; and an increased dependence on public transportation. Important health and safety recommendations are provided to protect worker health, including actions that support both the mental and emotional aspects of working during this pandemic.

In addition, the publication also includes an easy-to-follow self-inspection checklist that may help users identify whether their workforce is disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Iheanacho is a Certified Industrial Hygienist who serves as an active member of AIHA. Read more about her achievements in occupational health and safety here.