Workplace Health Experts

Susan Buchanan

Expert on:  occupational safety.

Susan Buchanan is an occupational medicine physician and sees patients in the University Health Services clinic at UI Health. She works as a consultant to businesses on occupational issues and teaches in the occupational medicine residency and the division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Her research has evaluated occupational safety and health hazards to day laborers in Chicago. She is the director of the NIOSH-funded Illinois Education and Research Center.

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Jeni Hebert-Beirne

Expert on:  precarious work, right to work, work justice, work as a human right.

Jeni Hebert-Beirne lead the sole research study in the Center for Health Work, the Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project. The project uses mixed methods in a community health assessment context to triangulate findings across concept mapping processes, interview, focus groups and a community health survey to understand how residents in high hardship neighborhoods experience work and how work impacts the health of the worker, their families and their neighbors. The project has developed an action map on which to overlay interventions to produce an environment that supports “healthy” work.

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Susan Kaplan

Expert on:  OSHA regulations, environmental exposure

Susan Kaplan previously developed regulations at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Her interests include impacts of environmental exposures on  workers and communities. For example, she has investigated whether hospitals use already-collected data to evaluate impacts of green initiatives on both worker and patient health and safety.

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Naoko Muramatsu

Expert on:  workplace health promotion, direct care workers, work and caregiving, work stress.

Naoko Muramatsu is an expert of workplace health promotion especially in the context of caregiving for older adults. Dr. Muramatsu has integrated her passion for improving service quality with her interest in improving front-line workers’ well-being. She has conducted research on health promotion and health protection among home care workers. Muramatsu has directed a Workplace Health Research Network Collaborating Center for Underserved Workers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Illinois Prevention Research Center.

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Emily Stiehl

Expert on:  organizational behavior in healthcare settings

Emily Stiehl’s research focuses on understanding how low wages impact front-line workers’ behaviors, including turnover, health, prosocial behaviors, and care flow in organizations.  Dr. Stiehl teaches Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management in the Master of Healthcare Administration program and has participated in program evaluations and strategic planning initiatives with organizations in Cook County and Research Centers across UIC.  She has experience conducting qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups) and quantitative (e.g., survey data analyzed with multivariate statistical models) research, primarily in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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