This page describes projects involving OCHNS and OCHNS partners. If you are a salon owner or community group and interested in being part of this collaborative or an upcoming project, please contact us.
8/2012 Hannah White of CROET and the University of Oregon presented a poster of her summer research on "Nail Salon Makeover: Health, Safety, and Wellness in Vietnamese Nail Technicians." Special thanks to Asian Health & Service Center and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative. See the poster.
3/2012 PK Melethil of Zero Waste Alliance presented preliminary findings on the Social Determinants of Health project at the NW Environmental Health Conference. One of the significant findings is that air quality ranks high on the list of concerns of nail technicians interviewed in the project. See the presentation.
3/2012 We are working on desktop 2012-13 calendars for Oregon nail salons. Contact us if you'd like one for your Oregon salon!
2011 Collaborative members have secured two grants to better understand health status, salon health and safety, and information and training needs. Zero Waste Alliance has a project titled "Assessment of Workplace Hazards and Health Needs among Vietnamese Nail Technicians." Funding for this project is provided by the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation. CROET at Oregon Health and Science University will be working with Asian Health & Service Center on an internally funded pilot grant to identify concerns and workplace safety knowledge among nail technicians and owners.
Best Management Practices seminars for nail salon owners and technicians provided by Oregon Health Licensing Agency. The Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) recently became one of the first state regulatory agencies in the nation to offer health, safety and infection control training in lieu of paying a civil fine. Read more by scrolling to the topic "OHLA Offers Innovative Alternatives to Issuing Civil Fines" in OHLA's March Newsletter.
Test out the Oregon Collaborative for Healthy Nail Salons Best Management Practices' Checklist. This checklist, still in test stages, will be useful to salon owners, technicians and safety and health professionals interested in prioritizing health and safety needs in salons. While very comprehensive, the checklist can be adapted to specific interests or needs. Download the checklist.