Name: Anaclaudia Fassa
Organisation: Federal University of Pelotas
Role: Associate Professor
I am MD, Fulbright Scholar and Takemi Fellow in International Health at Harvard School of Public Health (1999), PhD in Epidemiology by the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) (2000), Visiting Scholar at the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2006) and Associate Professor of the UFPel (since 1995). My research fields are occupational epidemiology and health services evaluation. I have extensively studied child labour and health being a consultant on this matter to International Labour Organization, World Health Organization and Ministry of Health - Brazil. I also performed studies on rural workers health. As a medical doctor in a primary health care clinic (PHCC) I conducted meetings with women of the mother club and through a participatory methodology, often using drawings, promoted dialogues about women’s health starting by clarifying the idea about the women body anatomy (1989). In my PHCC work I needed a population census to plan the activities, but in order to do that, I conducted a community meeting to identify information the community needed about themselves, extrapolating those needed for the PHCC, as day care demand. The population census was performed by the mothers club, including data gathering, a manual data processing and the communication of results. The meeting to present the census results, according community leaderships, was the biggest one to that date (1990). This experience was published as a monograph (Fassa, AG [Report of the Work Experience with the Community of Sítio Floresta Emphasizing the Popular Participation], Federal University of Santa Maria, 1990). I also conducted worker’s model in six food industries. The worker’s model is a participatory methodology originated in the 60s in Italy. Through this methodology a homogeneous group of workers describe the work process, identify hazards making a hazard map and discuss alternatives to eliminate hazards and prevent negative impacts on health. Worker’s model is a methodology that recognizes workers experience and knowledge, helps them to systematize their knowledge transforming them in subjects of change. In order to improve the workers understanding about the hazards map the research team developed, with the participation of workers, icons to represent the hazards (see Facchini LA, Dall'Agnol MM, Fassa AG, Lima R. [Icons for occupational risk maps: a proposal developed with workers]. Cad Saude Publica 1997;13(3):497-502). During three years (1990-1993) I participated in the epidemiologic studies about the health of the food industry workers at the same time I was consultant on worker’s health for the Pelotas Food Industry Trade Union. During this period I promoted dialogue about the significance of scientific research results for the workers, supported the trade union directors in translating the research results to the workers and helped them to identify key health topics to include in their negotiation with the employers. I also combined the worker’s model methodology with the dramatic play to analyze, with a women group, the impact of work on health (see Fassa AG, Facchini LA. [How can we approach worker's health? The worker's model and dramatic play contributions]. Saúde em Debate 1992;34:13-16). I also developed a project to the Interstate Movement of those who Brake Coco Babaçu in Maranhão north of Brazil. The project aim to develop the hazard map of the extraction of coco babaçu, taking into account anthropological aspects of a family work and to evaluate possible improvements in the work process. I am developing the project supported by Wellcome Trust "Engagement of rural teachers in pesticides research: awakening a scientific way of thinking".