Health and safety education and services and advocacy training for immigrant restaurant workers in New York City

Seventy percent of all New York restaurant workers are immigrants from Latin America, Africa, Asia, or the Arab world. Most of these workers in New York not only lack health insurance, but have no knowledge about health resources or how to access them. A recent New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study reported that, after police, fire, and hospital workers, restaurant workers visited emergency rooms more frequently than other workers. On the job, most of these workers are unaware of safety and health policies, and those who are aware fear deportation if they speak up. The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY's) advocates for restaurant workers in New York City and trains them in all aspects of restaurant work. ROC-NY will now add a new Restaurant Worker Health project that will provide health and safety information for low-income immigrants working in restaurants in New York. They will: (1) assess the health needs of low-income immigrant workers; (2) educate workers about health and occupational health issues; and (3) develop leadership in a corps of low-wage immigrant workers to voice their health needs to policy-makers. Deliverables include: (1) a survey of immigrant restaurant workers' health and a report on survey findings; (2) a peer health education program; (3) at least 30 immigrant leaders trained in policy advocacy to raise awareness of decision makers about their health issues and ways to address them.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 7/31/2007

Time frame: 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2010

Grant Number: 61187


Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Inc.

275 7th Avenue, Suite 1703
New York, 10001-8405


Rekha Eanni
Project Director


Sekou Siby
Project Director