David Hurtado Lab
Description of our Current Research
Our lab is committed
to evaluating and impacting social determinants of health within the workplace.
We draw upon key principles from organizational development, psychology, communication, public health as
well as evidence based interventions in the occupational health literature to ensure the workplace
is a safe, supportive place where employees are empowered and can maximize their
Peer Based Programs
determinant in the workplace is the influence of peers. Workplace peers are
often more available than their supervisors which can aid in the identification
of workplace problems as well as the promotion, implementation and maintenance
of sustainable solutions. Peer based programs have demonstrated the ability to
impact health outcomes in the community (Webel et. al, 2010), but have been underutilized
in workplace health and safety despite promising evidence from previous workplace
interventions from our colleagues within the institute and in the literature. Social network analysis is emerging as a key tool to
identify influential peers (Borgatti, 2006) which is imperative given the literature on the best method for identifying peer leaders is still unclear (Valente, 2008).
Social Determinants of Health
Total Worker Health Interventions
The National Insitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines Total Worker Health® (TWH) as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
TWH is a holistic approach to worker well-being. It acknowledges risk factors related to work that contribute to health problems previously considered unrelated to work. The TWH approach seeks to improve well-being in the American workforce for the benefit of workers, employers, and the nation by protecting safety and enhancing health and productivity. Our colleagues have identified successes and challenges in developing effective Total Worker Health Interventions that can impact work-life stress and health behaviors. Our lab seeks
collaboration opportunities with organizations in the pacific northwest to develop training to improve safety, health and
well-being in occupational populations.
Laboratory Members and Staff
Lab Members: L to R: Sam Greenspan, MPH, Lisset Dumet MBA,
David Hurtado, PhD, Gregory Heinonen, CNA (2017 Summer Intern)
Sam Greenspan, MPH - Research Assistant
Lisset Dumet, MBA - Research Assistant
- I completed a Master's degree in Business Administration specializing in the field of Operations and Information Technology at the University of Seville, Spain and completed a B.S. in Statistics and Informatics from the National Agrarian University in Lima, Peru in December 2010.
- Working in Dr. Hurtado's Lab as a Research Assistant II in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health that is part of Oregon Health and Science University. Mostly focused on data analysis and evaluation of social projects that are aimed to improve the health effects related to: time at work (e.g. work hours, breaks), social interaction at work (e.g. peer effects, supervisor and coworker support) and socioeconomic factors (e.g. employment policies).
- Previously, I worked as a Data Analyst &Research Evaluator in the Division of Community Services in the Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research (CIES), of the Graduate School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico evaluating the impact of government programs related to health and education in select communities.
- Safe Patient Handling Champions
Sites (Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital)
- Needs assessment and program evaluation for Parole Officers and Juvenile Correction Counselors
Site: Department of Community Justice
- Needs assessment and program evaluation of health department employees
Site: Multnomah County Health Department
- Evaluation of health outcomes in organizations with paid parental leave policy in the workplace
Site: Multnomah County