Musculoskeletal Disorders, Environmental and Occupational Health Research
Active Research Projects
MUSCLE: MUsculoskeletal Study of Construction workers' Longitudinal Exposures
The NIOSH-funded, MUSCLE Research Study follows a cohort of 500 commercial construction workers using a longitudinal study design with repeated measurements to better understand the occurrence and course of multisite musculoskeletal acute and chronic pain and its severity, as well as its association to occupational and non-occupational risk factors.
HHOME: Home Health Occupations Musculoskeletal Examinations
The NIOSH/Harvard ERC-funded, HHOME pilot study uses a mixed-methods sequential explanatory study design to collect and analyze survey and focus group data on the musculoskeletal disorders reported by 250 HHAs from the greater New England area, including oversampling for minority HHA workers.
Development and Validation of an Ergonomic Survey Instrument among New England Construction Workers
The NIAMS-funded Ergo Validation study has the main goal of developing and validating a new survey instrument to assess commercial construction worker knowledge, practices, workplace policies, social norms, and attitudes about ergonomics on the worksite.
PACES: Physical Activity among Construction workers – Epidemiologic Surveillance
The NIOSH/Harvard Center for Work, Health and Well-Being-funded PACES study has the main goal of measuring and characterizing the physical load and physical activity levels of construction workers in order to develop key messages for physical activity and ergonomic interventions.
EPIMC: Epidemiologic Pilot Investigating Mental Health among Construction Workers
The NIOSH/Harvard ERC-funded EPIMC study uses a two-phase mixed-methods research design to document the type and distribution of mental illness in a sample of construction workers
Surveillance of Morbidity in U.S. Home Health Aide
Using data from the U.S. National Home Health Aide (NHHA) survey, we are comparing differences in self-reported back injuries by racial/ethnic home health aide subgroups. In addition, we are assessing the relationship between physical or psychosocial factors associated with report of back injuries among home health aides. Lastly, we are estimating the prevalence of receipt of flu vaccination among home health aides.
BOLTS: Building Occupational Lessons in Toxic crystalline Silica Pilot Study
The NIOSH/Florida Department of Health (FLDOH)-funded goal of this pilot study is to design, implement and evaluate a construction worksite-based educational intervention to increase use of personal protective equipment (3M™ N95 Particulate Respirator mask) to reduce crystalline silica exposure and increase worker knowledge and awareness of silicosis at construction worksites.
Green Collar Workers: The New Frontier
Green-collar occupations represent the new U.S. workforce frontier in their job focus to preserve and enhance environmental quality. Using descriptive and innovative advanced statistical techniques, this NIOSH-funded project will describe current US green-collar worker sociodemographic characteristics, health status, as well as study linkages between occupational exposures, health status, functional limitations with musculoskeletal disorders and injury risk.
MORG: Miami Occupational Research Group Surveillance Project
The NIOSH-funded Surveillance research project uses natioanl and state-level databases to conduct surveillance of morbidity and mortality of U.S. Workers. In addition, the Research Group is focusing on issues pertaining to the younger worker age 24 years and younger as well as the older worker and aging workforce. More Info: www.umiamiORG.com