Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

First Advisor

Douglas W. Roblin, PhD

Second Advisor

Kim R. Ramsey White, PhD

Abstract

The United States Department of Labor identifies taxi driving as one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation. When compared with other types of workers, taxi drivers are often describe as a high-risk, underserved and non-traditional workforce due to the work they do. Some of the job-related risk factors for increased levels of injuries, illness and even mortality rate have been related to their long hours of work, sedentary lifestyles, short recuperation time between shifts and stress.

Hispanic/Latino taxi drivers, who are members of the fastest-growing minority in the United States are under- represented on the limited research-based literature that provides knowledge about the health status of taxi drivers in the nation.

The framework of our proposal is to recommend a culturally sensitive survey instrument seeking to identify and understand how occupational characteristics intrinsic to the work of taxi drivers, might adversely affect the health practices and health status of Hispanic/Latino taxi drivers in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Moderating variables of the proposed instrument will include constructs related to work and stress; dietary intake; health and lifestyles; work productivity and distinctive measures for Hispanic/Latino audiences pertaining to family composition, access to healthcare and health information sources.

The research framework proposed in this Capstone can be used to design, implement, and evaluate a health education intervention targeting Hispanic/Latino taxi drivers serving the Atlanta metro community.

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