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Worker health and safety through education, community-based research, and policy initiatives; occupational health disparities; environmental sustainability; labor-community capacity-building.
Dr. Linda Delp is the Director of UCLA-LOSH, the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Community Health Sciences. Founded in 1978, LOSH is a nationally recognized center promoting safe jobs and worker health through teaching and education, research, and policy advocacy.She has MPH and PhD degrees from the UCLA School of Public Health where she researched job stressors and satisfaction among home care workers and initiated a California Home Care Research Working Group. Other research interests include occupational health disparities of women, teenage, low wage and immigrant workers; health and safety conditions facing workers in non-traditional and informal employment structures; the effectiveness of worker education and empowerment programs to change workplace and public policy; and the integration of occupational health and health promotion programs. She is particularly interested in advancing social justice initiatives by applying mixed research methods to community based participatory action research projects.
Dr. Delp was previously Western Region Director of Health and Safety for the Service Employees International Union. She has more than 20 years experience creating bilingual health and safety education and research programs for workers in the U.S. and Mexico and developing union and labor-management programs in a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing to meatpacking to health care. She teaches cross-disciplinary UCLA courses with graduate and undergraduate students from public health, urban planning and labor and workplace studies. Coursework includes community-based fieldwork/service learning projects such as the innovative Community Scholars course, “Green Buildings, Good Jobs, Safe Jobs: Social Justice Pathways to a Sustainable Los Angeles” which informed L.A. City green building retrofit policies through collaboration between university graduate students, labor, economic and environmental justice community groups. She participates on several community, labor and government advisory committees including Cal/OSHA, the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, and Worksafe, a statewide policy advocacy organization.
Dr. Delp is Principal Investigator of numerous contracts and grants including the five member Western Region Universities Consortium HazWaste/HazMat and Minority Worker Training Program, reaching workers and communities with education programs, workforce development and policy initiatives from Alaska to Mexico. She is Co-PI of the national Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), mentoring students who are placed with unions, worker centers and community groups to experience occupational health from workers' perspectives and who contribute to campaigns that improve the health and safety conditions of low wage and immigrant workers.http://ohip.aoec.org/. She is Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association.