U Center for Occupational Environmental Health to Offer Seminar on Managing Cultural Diversity in Workplace

U Center for Occupational Environmental Health to Offer Seminar on Managing Cultural Diversity in Workplace

Jan 10, 2005 5:00 PM

From 1990 to 2000, Utahs immigrant population grew 171 percent. To help employers manage issues of cultural diversity in the workplace attendant to this rapid increase, the University of Utahs Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is offering a one-day seminar on January 21.

The seminar, "Ethical Management of Cultural Diversity in Workers Compensation," will address issues such as the growing concern of on-the-job injuries incurred by minority workers and the impact on worker compensation. In a 2002 survey of Utah employers, 48 percent listed safety as an important issue regarding minority workers.

Seminar speakers will address cultural diversity in the workplace from the perspective of minorities and employers, as well as the legal and medical aspects of managing a culturally diverse workplace.

Scheduled speakers include Norman Nakamura, Utah Department of Workforce Services (minority perspective); Fred Lampropoulos, Merit Medical (employer view); Max Guerra, Maximo Guerra LLC, and Sandra Dredge, Dredge & Lallatin (legal aspects); Bart Fotheringham, M.D., Intermountain Spine Institute (medical issues); and Julio Rodriguez, Workers Compensation Fund (tying it all together). Sue Player, known as the "mother to the Lost Boys of Sudan," a refugee group in Salt Lake City, will be the featured luncheon speaker.

The seminar will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Cost is $95. To register, or for more information, call Luz Dominguez at (801) 581-4055.

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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