This project was conducted by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, under a contract with the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. LOHP and the authors wish to thank the Commission for their support for this project. We also thank the following persons who assisted in the project's design and implementation:
Leslie I. Boden, Ph.D., Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Lorraine Midanik, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California at Berkeley School of Social Welfare
Ellyn Moscowitz, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law
James C. Robinson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health
Cherie Pies, Dr.P.H., M.S.W., University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health
Blanche Grosswald, M.S.W.
Jim Culbeaux, Department of Industrial Relations
Russell Roeckel, Department of Industrial Relations
Myrna Zialcita, Business Manager
Elizabeth Abello, M.Ed.
Michele González Arroyo, M.P.H.
Jennifer Sahmel, M.P.H.
Mary Deems, M.P.H.
Marta A. Segura, M.P.H.
Margo Marcellini, M.A.
Amy Lovekin, M.A.
Kay Keppler, M.A.
Estelle Jelinek, Ph.D.
Christine Baker, Ph.D. Candidate, M.A., Executive Officer
Robin Baker, M.P.H.
We wish to thank the individuals who participated in the discussion groups and interviews for this project. In addition, we thank the following persons and organizations for their invaluable insights and contributions (please note that these persons and organizations do not necessarily agree with or endorse all of the conclusions or recommendations in this report):
James Ellenberger, AFL-CIO
Joe Enos, UAW Ergonomic Representative
Larkie Gildersleeve, Research and Information Director, Newspaper Guild
Dorsey Hamilton, Director, Compensation Alert, Inc.
Susan Hamilton, Presiding Judge, Claims Adjudication Unit, Division of Workers' Compensation
Injured worker volunteers of Compensation Alert, Inc.
Robert Kutz, Regional Manager, Claims Adjudication Unit, Division of Workers' Compensation
Rick Levy, Legal Director, Texas AFL-CIO
Joan Lichterman, Coordinator, East Bay RSI Support Group
Marc Marcus, Esq.
Keith Markman, Information & Assistance Officer, Division of Workers' Compensation
Landis Martilla, Senior Business Representative, IBEW Local 1245
Michael McClain, Esq., General Counsel, California Workers' Compensation Institute
Linda McKee, Director of Executive Communication, Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
Pete McMillan, Gary Drilling Company and Member of Policy Advisory Committee of Californians for Compensation Reform
Mark Miller, M.S., Research Associate, California Workers' Compensation Institute
William Resneck, Esq.
Maggie Robbins, Health and Safety Representative, SEIU Western Region
Frank Russo, Esq.
Frances Schreiberg, Esq., Kazan, McClain, Edises, Simon & Abrams
Glenn Shor, Ph.D., Division of Workers' Compensation
State Compensation Insurance Fund
Steve Siemers, Esq.
Vicky Smith, Project Help Director, Project Help Program of the Washington State AFL-CIO
Willie Washington, Legislative Advocate and Director of Human Resources, Safety and Health and Workers' Compensation, California Manufacturers Association
Charlotte Waugh, Northern Area Supervisor, Information & Assistance Unit, Division
of Workers' Compensation
Edward Woodward, President, California Workers' Compensation Institute
Bob Wong, Manager, Information & Assistance Unit, Division of Workers' Compensation
Special thanks to the injured workers who participated in the pilot
test and focus groups. Their names are not listed to protect their