11/02/22: Work, Health, and Inequality: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Work as a Social Determinant of Health

Work, Health & Inequality: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Work as Social Determinant of Health

About the webinar:

While work has long been acknowledged as a Social Determinant of Health (SDOH), consideration of its impact on health is generally limited to workplace exposures. However, the influence a job has over health goes well beyond the physical, emotional and social conditions at work. Indeed, one’s job or career exerts a significant influence over other aspects of life that contribute to or detract from an individual’s health and that of their family. As a result, work has a significant impact on other SDOH and can be considered a principal mechanism for securing the needs to address health inequities. Unfortunately, the distinction between work/non-work related risks and outcomes has served as an artificial line of demarcation between OSH and the rest of Public Health. The result is the underutilization of the world of work in health inequity research and interventions. This third and final presentation in the series on health equity and the need for a paradigm shift in occupational safety and health, explores work not only in terms of its contributions to health inequities but as an intervention to address them. It concludes with a discussion of current efforts to institutionalize work as a SDOH and its potential as a conceptual bridge linking public health concerns to other social initiatives such as corporate responsibility and workforce development.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the historic connection between work and the development of a biosocial approach to medicine
  • Explain work’s impact on other social determinants of health

  • Discuss the importance of work as an intervention to addressing health inequities

Speaker: Michael Flynn, MA

Michael Flynn is an applied anthropologist with over 25 years of experience working on issues related to social inequality both domestically and abroad. His interests include health equity, organizational culture change, translation research and social determinants of health. He currently serves as a Lead Social Scientist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath where he coordinates the Occupational Health Equity program. He is also the project officer for a research program to better understand and improve the occupational health of immigrant workers. He has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

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In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.