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Prevention Research Centers: 30 Years of Building Healthier Communities

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PRC Prevents Eye Injuries among Citrus Harvesters

Using a community health worker model, the University of South Florida PRC improved the use of protective eyewear among citrus harvesters. Researchers trained full-time citrus workers to share eye safety information with other citrus workers and encourage workers to wear safety glasses. Workers who had 1 to 2 years of experience and who received help from a peer worker were more likely to use safety glasses than were other citrus workers. This model may be useful to injury prevention in similar agricultural settings.