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Community partners for healthy farming: intervention research.

Ehlers J; Palermo T
Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities, Fifth International Symposium. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: IAREH. Institute of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health, 2003 Oct; :W11-W12
Agriculture is among the most hazardous industries (unintentional death rate = 22.5 vs. 3.8 per 100,000 workers) and is dynamic in terms of farm size, ownership, commodity, range of hazards, labor regulations, working children, and owner autonomy. Although many intervention strategies have been tried, knowledge to guide operators, workers, public decision makers, and extension educators about what works best is limited. The purpose of the Community Partners for Healthy Farming Intervention Research (CPHF-IR) program is to implement and evaluate existing or new interventions for reduction of agriculturally-related injuries, hazards, and illnesses. Objectives include the development of active partnerships between experienced researchers, communities, workers, managers, agricultural organizations, agribusinesses, and other stakeholders. These partners have provided their unique resources for accessing the target population, planning, implementation, dissemination, and evaluation; they have produced useful engineering controls, educational and motivational tools, and helped build infrastructure for promoting agricultural health as essential to sustainable agriculture. The current six projects (funded 2000-2003) target: improved ergonomics for handling grapes (CA) and for small scale berry growers (WI, IA, MI, MN); engineering controls (KY, V A, SC) and training (IN) related to tractors; private-sector financial incentives for safety (IA and NE); and reducing eye injuries in Latino farmworkers (IL, MI, FL). Preliminary outcomes include: increased respect by partners for other partners' roles in prevention; identifying psychosocial differences between growers of various commodities; the feasibility of Latino lay health advisors as active partners in research, and the value of process evaluation of a partnership to enhance sustainability of interventions. Stakeholders have initiated requests to be research participants and contributed resources. Products of most projects are being made available electronically. Products and models have expanded further geographically than originally anticipated and even into other sectors, e.g., for primary prevention among healthcare workers and adolescents, and introducing public health in social studies and language classes. NIOSH is utilizing the model created for the Simple (ergonomic) Solutions in Agriculture, a document related to earlier CPHF-IR projects, for a comparable document for construction in both English and Spanish.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-health; Engineering-controls; Eye-injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Agriculture; Agricultural-safety; Safety-measures
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Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
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Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities, Fifth International Symposium
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