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Washington: Researcher Wins $1.4 Million NIH Grant to Study Impact of Precarious Work

Dr. Anjum Hajat, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a four-year, nearly $1.4 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study “precarious work” and how it contributes to health disparities in the United States.

Dr. Anjum Hajat

[Photo: Dr. Anjum Hajat]

Precarious work refers to the poor conditions that define the employer-employee relationship and includes issues such as low wages, temporary work and long working hours. The objective of the study is to use novel approaches to better understand the role of precarious work in explaining differences in the incidence and prevalence of diseases and mortality.

“Our study examines how declining employment quality, including things like non-standard work and fewer benefits, may be contributing to the widening of health disparities,” Dr. Hajat said. “Since employment is amenable to change, either through policy or employer-specific initiatives, this study has the potential to improve the health of millions of American workers.”

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