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Providing Medical Services to Low-Wage Workers with Job Injuries: Model Tools and Instructions for Community Health Centers in California 


Produced by the Labor Occupational Health Program in collaboration with the Watsonville Law Center, this booklet supports community health centers (CHCs), which serve as safety net providers, in creating financially sustainable programs to treat patients with work-related injuries and illnesses.

This booklet will help CHCs meet important mandates for funding under the Affordable Care Act by increasing their capacity to provide patient-centered comprehensive services. A successful workers’ compensation program will expand CHCs’ services in their local communities, ensure injured or ill workers receive treatment and other benefits through workers’ compensation, and encourage many more in the community to obtain both occupational and non-occupational health care services from CHCs.

This report was published by the Work & Health Initiative (WHI). WHI was established to improve the health and wellbeing of California workers and their families and was sponsored by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) in northern California. COEH, which is based at the Berkeley, San Francisco, and Davis campuses of the University of California, conducts research, multi-disciplinary graduate-level training, professional continuing education, and community service, including training workshops, conferences, educational materials, clinical services, and assistance with specific problems. The Work & Health Initiative worked in close collaboration with the Labor Occupational Health Program, a community outreach program of COEH.

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