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Community Resident Perceptions of and Experiences with Precarious Work at the Neighborhood Level: The Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project

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Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
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Center for Health and Social Care Integration, Rush University System for Health, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project, School of Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago, IL 60623, USA
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Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Academic Editors: Sara L. Tamers, Lewis Casey Chosewood and Jessica Streit
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11101; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111101
Received: 1 September 2021 / Revised: 11 October 2021 / Accepted: 13 October 2021 / Published: 22 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Worker Safety, Health, and Well-Being in the USA)
Work is a key social determinant of health. Community health and well-being may be impacted in neighborhoods with high proportions of people engaged in precarious work situations compounded by health inequities produced by other social determinants associated with their residential geography. However, little is known about how community residents experience work at the neighborhood level nor how work impacts health at the community-level, particularly in communities with a high proportion of residents engaged in precarious work. We sought to understand, through participatory research strategies, how work is experienced at the community level and to identify community interventions to establish a culture of healthy work. As part of a mixed-methods community health assessment, community researchers conducted focus groups with residents in two high social and economic hardship neighborhoods on Chicago’s southwest side. Community and academic researchers engaged in participatory data analysis and developed and implemented member-checking modules to engage residents in the data interpretation process. Twelve focus group discussions (77 community resident participants) were completed. Three major themes emerged: systematic marginalization from the pathways to healthy work situations; contextual and structural hostility to sustain healthy work; and violations in the rights, agency, and autonomy of resident workers. Findings were triangulated with findings from the concept-mapping research component of the project to inform the development of a community health survey focused on work characteristics and experiences. Listening to residents in communities with a high proportion of residents engaging in precarious work allows for the identification of nuanced community-informed intervention points to begin to build a culture of healthy work. View Full-Text
Keywords: precarious work; qualitative research; community health; community-based participatory research; occupational health; social determinants of health precarious work; qualitative research; community health; community-based participatory research; occupational health; social determinants of health
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Hebert-Beirne, J.; Felner, J.K.; Berumen, T.; Gonzalez, S.; Chrusfield, M.M.; Pratap, P.; Conroy, L.M. Community Resident Perceptions of and Experiences with Precarious Work at the Neighborhood Level: The Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11101. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111101

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Hebert-Beirne J, Felner JK, Berumen T, Gonzalez S, Chrusfield MM, Pratap P, Conroy LM. Community Resident Perceptions of and Experiences with Precarious Work at the Neighborhood Level: The Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(21):11101. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111101

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Hebert-Beirne, Jeni, Jennifer K. Felner, Teresa Berumen, Sylvia Gonzalez, Melissa M. Chrusfield, Preethi Pratap, and Lorraine M. Conroy 2021. "Community Resident Perceptions of and Experiences with Precarious Work at the Neighborhood Level: The Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 21: 11101. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111101

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