Racism, Bias, and Harassment Towards Frontline Workers: Experiences of Environmental Public Health Professional During the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Conference: The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)
Title: Racism, Bias, and Harassment Towards Frontline Workers: Experiences of Environmental Public Health Professional During the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Stream: Sociology. Social Work and Social Concerns
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Authors:
Subrana Rahman, Ryerson University, Canada
Fatih Sekercioglu, Ryerson University, Canada

Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted several challenges for Environmental Public Health Workers (EPHPs). This study aims to understand the experiences of EPHPs during the pandemic to improve future crises and incidents that may arise. A mixed-methods, cross-sectional online survey was conducted in June 2021. There were a total of 80 survey responses. Participants were EPHPs from across Canada. Frequency tabulations were used to analyze close-ended survey responses, and both a conventional content analysis and thematic analysis were used to conduct open-ended responses. Results from this study revealed that EPHPs have faced incidents of harassment, frustration from the public, and a lack of support from management. These matters ultimately challenged the wellbeing of EPHPs, placing them at increased risk of burnout, stress and fear. Thus, it is crucial that support for mental health and reporting systems are improved for the future to ensure that EPHPs are able to meet the demands of their work. Further studies should be conducted to examine the experiences of EPHPs lived experiences and the barriers faced.




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