Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Ph.D., D.O., M.P.H
- Assistant Professor
- Public Health Sciences
The work environment plays an important role in worker health whether through possible exposures to job hazards or stress on the job, or through supportive social networks and opportunities to build self-esteem. There is mounting evidence that worksite cancer prevention interventions that integrate worksite health promotion and occupational health and safety are effective in promoting changes in cancer risk-related behaviors, particularly for blue-collar workers like construction workers. These workers face dual health risks through their exposures to occupational hazards and their high rates of risk-related behaviors, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, or unhealthy diets. Dr. Caban-Martinez has demonstrated that the use of innovative worksite-based health assessments such as the lunch truck provides unique opportunities to provide workers with health promotion activities as well as collect self-report and biological data. Importantly, Dr. Caban-Martinez and his group has also observed increased levels of worker participation with this intervention model, compared to health promotion alone. Based on a synthesis of the evidence across studies, the Institute of Medicine and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have recommended this comprehensive approach to improving the health of workers. Dr. Caban-Martinez's research has also included collaborations with labor unions, with whom they share a common mission to promote worker health and safety.