Special Project July 26, 1982 – August 5, 1982
Chattanooga, Tenn. is in the southeastern part of the state, along the Tennessee River and bordering Georgia, in the transition area between the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. It’s the 4th largest city in Tennessee. In the summer of 1982, a special project was conducted in which the Appalachian Student Health Coalition (ASHC), in conjunction with the Student Environmental Health Project, worked with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union to provide health screenings at two factories. The goal of the project was to provide information about occupational hazards, focusing on lung disease and carpal tunnel syndrome. There was no formation of a long-term connection to the union, but students reported that it was a positive experience in the exposure to occupational health and in working with another student-directed group. Information was not provided in the ASHC annual report about the number of health screenings conducted.