NYC's Immigrant Restaurant Workers Get Information and Resources

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

Dates of the Project: 2007 through 2010

Synopsis of the Work: Staff at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York City (ROC), a nonprofit organization that advocates for the city’s restaurant workers, assessed and addressed the lack of health information and resources among low-wage, immigrant restaurant workers. RWJF funded the project under its solicitation: Fresh Ideas: Improving the Health of Immigrant and Refugee Communities.

Key Results: ROC conducted a survey of 502 restaurant workers on their workplace health and safety conditions and needs.

ROC also developed a peer health education program in which diverse groups of immigrant restaurant workers, trained by project staff, held workshops to inform other workers about their occupational health and safety rights, and free or low-cost health programs.

In addition, ROC held health fairs and free exams for immigrant restaurant workers and their families and provided training to enable leaders of the immigrant worker community to advocate among local policymakers for paid sick time.

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