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Female farmworkers' perceptions of heat-related illness and pregnancy health.

Authors
Flocks-J; Vi Thien Mac-V; Runkle-J; Tovar-Aquilar-JA; Economos-J; McCauley-LA
Source
J Agromed 2013 Oct; 18(4):350-358
NIOSHTIC No.
20045002
Abstract
Although agricultural workers have elevated risks of heat-related illnesses (HRI), pregnant farmworkers exposed to extreme heat face additional health risk, including poor pregnancy health and birth outcomes. Qualitative data from five focus groups with 35 female Hispanic and Haitian nursery and fernery workers provide details about the women's perceptions of HRI and pregnancy. Participants believe that heat exposure can adversely affect general, pregnancy, and fetal health, yet feel they lack control over workplace conditions and that they lack training about these specific risks. These data are being used to develop culturally appropriate educational materials emphasizing health promoting and protective behaviors during pregnancy.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Women; Pregnancy; Prenatal-exposure; Employee-exposure; Employee-health; Worker-health; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-effects; Farmers; Fertility; Group-behavior; Behavior; Qualitative-analysis; Attitude; Fetus; Racial-factors; Education; Heat; Heat-exhaustion; Heat-exposure; Heat-stress; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Behavior; Author Keywords: Beliefs; farmworkers; heat-related illness; pregnancy health
Contact
J. Flocks, Center for Governmental Responsibility, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, 230 Bruton-Geer, PO Box 117629, Gainesville, FL 32611-7629, USA
Publication Date
20131001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
flocks@law.ufl.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R21-OH-009830
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
FL; GA
Performing Organization
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
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