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SUNY Downstate: Students & Faculty Publish in Major Occupational Health Journals

Dr. Stephanie Myers, who received her DrPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – School of Public Health in 2018, is first author in a recently published article in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Alongside SUNY Downstate SPH researchers and faculty, Dr. Myers analyzed data from 5361 employed participants from the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Quality of Work Life Surveys, based on representative samples of U.S. workers. They used regression analyses to assess changes in job characteristics, adjusting for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, work hours, and unemployment rate. The authors found that the increase in two cardiovascular disease risk factors, job strain, and low job control, may partially explain the slowing of the decline in heart disease and stroke mortality rates in the U.S.

Mr. Marco Stillo, a DrPH student in epidemiology, and MPH graduates, Mr. Rahul Jain and Ms. Michelle Davis, are also authors on a research study led by Dr. Paul Landsbergis, a faculty member in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the SUNY Downstate SPH. In the study recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dr. Landsbergis and his student researchers measured musculoskeletal disorders and occupational risk factors among railroad maintenance-of-way (MOW) workers. They analyzed surveys completed by over 4,000 active, retired, and disabled members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED), and provided recommendations for the development of prevention programs to address risk of musculoskeletal disorders and occupational hazards faced by MOW workers.

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