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Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr;53(4):387-97. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20796.

The health of California's immigrant hired farmworkers.

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California Institute for Rural Studies, Davis, California, USA. donfarm@comcast.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hispanic immigrant workers dominate California's hired farm workforce. Little is known about their health status; even less is known about those lacking employment authorization.

METHODS:

The California Agricultural Workers Health Survey (CAWHS) was a statewide cross-sectional household survey conducted in 1999. Six hundred fifty-four workers completed in-person interviews, comprehensive physical examinations, and personal risk behavior interviews.

RESULTS:

The CAWHS PE Sample is comprised mostly of young Mexican men who lack health insurance and present elevated prevalence of indicators of chronic disease: overweight, obesity, high blood pressure, and high serum cholesterol. The self-reported, cumulative, farm work career incidence of paid claims for occupational injury under workers compensation was 27% for males and 11% for females.

CONCLUSIONS:

The survey finds elevated prevalence of indicators of chronic disease but lack of health care access. Participants without employment authorization reported a greater prevalence of high-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking, and were less knowledgeable about workplace protections.

PMID:
20191600
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.20796
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