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Resources by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement
Offers guidance on community forums as a technical education tool, including information on planning and hosting a forum, strategies for engaging communities, and resources to support committees and stakeholders. Features examples from forums on farm vitality, farmer mental health, and family health. Requires email registration to view the guide as a flipbook, with a PDF download option at the bottom of the screen.
Author(s): Maria Pippidis, Bonnie Braun, Jessie Ketterman, Shoshanah Inwood, Nicole Wright
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Cooperative Extension Service
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Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Farm Families in Times of Economic Distress
Offers strategies to support development and integration of behavioral health services across healthcare and community-based organizations, including leveraging payment systems to support coordinated care for farm families and aligning federal grant programs to address mental health and substance use disorders. Features recommendations including integrating primary and behavioral care for initial treatment of mental health and substance abuse concerns, expanding the workforce to improve rural behavioral health services capacity, increasing telehealth services, and expanding private and public insurance coverage.
Author(s): Andrew F. Coburn, Alva O. Ferdinand, Alana Knudson, et al.
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2019–2020: A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers
Reports on demographic and employment characteristics of hired agricultural workers in the United States. Includes data on health insurance and healthcare access, as well as information on social determinants of health such as income, education level, language skills, and housing. Based on data collected from face-to-face interviews with 2,586 crop farmworkers conducted between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2020.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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Children in the Fields: The Struggles You Should Know
Report examining the challenges and inequities affecting migrant farmworker children based on interviews with 37 children from the West, East, and Mid-Central regions. Addresses health struggles including bodily pain and injury, heat stress, COVID-19, pesticide exposure, and mental health. Also covers education and financial struggles and human trafficking vulnerabilities.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Children in the Fields Campaign
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Georgia Farmworker Health Program: Health Services Needs Assessment
Provides a demographic description of people served by the 6 Georgia Farmworker Health Program sites, descriptions of the most frequent diagnoses for migrant farmworkers and their dependents, an assessment of the health services provided to the farmworker population, and recommendations for improving access to care and services provided. Features statistics with breakdowns for years 2018-2021.
Author(s): Ashley Walker, Bettye A. Apenteng, Charles Owens, Angela Peden
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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COVID-10 Vaccines: Studying Historical Successes (and Failures) for Equity-Centered Approaches to Vaccinating Indigenous Communities, Undocumented Immigrants, and Communities of Color: Proceedings of a Workshop--In Brief
Proceedings of a public webinar focused on previous historical efforts to vaccinate people, highlighting what was successfully and what was unsuccessful. Panelists include the incident commander for managing COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the chief medical officer for Alaska, a researcher with the Farmworker Association of Florida, the director of emergency social medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a professor at the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Farmer and Rural Perceptions of Mental Health
Presents findings of a poll of 2,004 rural adults, addressing impressions of mental health stigma in rural and agricultural communities. Describes barriers to seeking mental health assistance, who rural adults feel comfortable talking to about stress or mental health issues, and the perceived mental health impacts of farm stress on farmers and farm workers. Compares results to polls conducted in 2019 and 2020.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Farm Bureau Federation
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The State of Rural Minnesota - 2021 Update
Presents an overview of rural Minnesota. Includes county-level data and statistics on population migration, economic vitality, employment, income, rurality, and more.
Author(s): Kelly Asche, Marnie Werner
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Indigenous Agricultural Workers
Highlights a report on indigenous agricultural workers from Central and South America. Details demographic, historical, and health information, among other factors.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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I-CASH Annual Report 2021
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health's (I-CASH) annual report on statewide prevention and education programs addressing agricultural safety and health from 2020-2021. Highlights the organization's connection and engagement projects, describes recent efforts to communicate best health and safety practices, and includes a list of seasonal campaigns and accomplishments.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
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