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Resources by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

Fatal Injuries to Agricultural Workers in 2021 Were the Second Lowest in a Decade
Bar chart showing 2021 data on fatal injuries to agricultural workers. Summary includes types of fatal injuries, race and ethnicity, age, gender, and recent fatal agriculture injury trends.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Forming Partnerships to Increase Rural Immunization Rates
Discusses barriers to vaccine uptake in rural communities. Describes how two community organizations worked to increase vaccinations in rural Alabama and how a network led by the National Center for Farmworker Health built the capacity to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and build vaccine confidence among migrant farmworkers. Identifies state considerations for implementing community-based programs to increase vaccinations in rural areas.
Author(s): Shalini Nair, Heather Tomlinson
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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On-Farm Health Screening Needs of Immigrant Dairy Workers
Webinar recording discussing a study evaluating the health needs of immigrant dairy workers in Texas as well as health risk screenings on the farm. Describes barriers to healthcare including access, childcare, leave from work, language barriers, and more. Transcript is available by clicking the three dots under the video.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Network of the National Library of Medicine
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The Impacts of Opioid Addiction on the Rural Workforce
A recorded webinar that examines how the rural workforce has been impacted by opioid addiction. Discusses issues of healthcare access, poverty, mental health, and farmworker health, along with data on workforce impacts. Includes resources to support opioid recovery and examples of recovery efforts in specific regions, such as Appalachia.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Presentation, Transcript
Author(s): Kellie Kubena, Carol Wetuski, Lauren Wood, et al.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, First Tennessee Development District, Office of Workforce Investment (OWI), U.S. Department of Agriculture
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"Hopeful Forecasting": Farmers Showing Increased Interest in Mental Health Resources
Discusses a growing openness among farmers to accessing mental health resources. Shares insights from experts regarding stigma reduction and challenges that remain in addressing farmers' mental health.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Mental Health's Stressors, Barriers, and Protective Factors: Q&A with Dr. Dawn Morales
An interview with Dawn Morales, Program Chief of the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health. Discusses challenges related to rural mental healthcare as well as the importance of cultural competency and protective factors, especially in rural populations such as American Indian and Alaska Native communities and farmers and ranchers.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Opioid Use Disorder & Rural Resiliency Symposium 2023
Recordings of presentations at Opioid Use Disorder & Rural Resiliency Symposium in March 2023. Presentation topics include harm reduction, prevention for youth, farmworkers, resources for libraries and extension programs, medication treatment, marijuana use, and maternal health. Captions are available in the video players.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center
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Mental Health of Agricultural Adolescents and Adults: Preliminary Results of a Five-year Study
Surveyed 122 farm families in 2021 to analyze symptoms of depression and anxiety in farm adults and their children as well as correlation between mental health and finances using the Family Stress Model. Participant characteristics include rurality and various physical and mental health measures.
Author(s): Josie M. Rudolphi, Richard L. Berg
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1056487
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
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Automation, Climate Change, and the Future of Farm Work: Cross-Disciplinary Lessons for Studying Dynamic Changes in Agricultural Health and Safety
Presents a literature review of studies on agricultural health and safety and the future of farm labor. Discusses the role climate change and automation will play in changing the agricultural work environment.
Author(s): Matt Comi, Florence Becot, Casper Bendixsen
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(6), 4778
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
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Needs Assessment Survey for Enhancing United States Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Capacity: Brief Report
Highlights a study on the needs and practices of child agricultural injury prevention organizations. Presents the needs, capacity, and mobilization of child agricultural injury organizations based on a survey of the organizations' leadership.
Author(s): Marsha Salzwedel, Bryan P. Weichelt, Rick Burke, Barbara C. Lee
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 11
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
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