Community health intervention with Yakima agricultural workers: exploring the issues.
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R25-OH-008143, 2008 Nov; :1-29
The primary purpose of this project is to develop a permanent partnership that will empower the Hispanic agricultural worker community in the Yakima Valley, Washington State, to effectively identify, characterize and respond to the many occupational and environmental risks they face. The target population is the seasonal and migrant agricultural workers in the middle Yakima Valley. The Northwest Communities Education Center/Radio KDNA, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, the University of Washington and Heritage University formed a partnership in this multi-disciplinary project. This project organized and sustained a community advisory board (CAB) comprised of unions, church groups, community members and other representative community groups. Through the guidance from the CAB, a community process was developed a prioritized research and action agenda. The activities of the project use a participatory action research (PAR) approach as a means to obtain new perspectives and an ecological framework to identify and prioritize occupational and environmental health stressors. The plan includes frequent community communication and education, an interactive evaluation process, curriculum development for Heritage University students and ConneX summer trainees and further data collection by students and community members. Technical expertise is tapped from the University of Washington Schools Nursing and Public Health and Heritage University. Preliminary data collection will support the development of new research proposals. The products of this process are a sustainable communityacademic- clinical partnership, an empowered cadre of young people from the community and improved occupational and a prioritized list of environmental and occupational health concerns of the farm worker community in the Yakima Valley, Washington.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Demographic-characteristics; Education; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-health-monitoring; Epidemiology; Families; Farmers; Health-hazards; Health-services; Health-surveys; Injury-prevention; Medical-monitoring; Medical-research; Medical-services; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-sociology; Public-health; Qualitative-analysis; Racial-factors; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-measures; Seasonal-activity; Seasonal-factors; Sociological-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring
Final Grant Report
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
University of Washington