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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2014 Winter;8(4):501-10. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2014.0056.

A campus-community partnership for farmworkers' health: interventions for tomato workers in Tennessee.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Migrant farm workers are exposed to job hazards in Tennessee, which is among the top five tomato-producing states.

OBJECTIVES:

This project sought to cultivate and evaluate a partnership to marshal greater resources to address migrants' concerns and to better prepare future health professionals to address occupational issues.

METHODS:

In the spring of 2008, an interprofessional student-faculty team at a regional university catalyzed a partnership with a clinic for migrants and a national network caring for the itinerant underserved.

RESULTS:

Several community-based participatory research (CBPR) activities are underway. The partnership has resulted in the following projects: Use of the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method to identify job tasks likely to be injurious, development and use of a health screening questionnaire to capture more information about occupational health, and continuing education seminars for providers and a case-based curriculum module for third-year medical students.

CONCLUSIONS:

Interprofessional service learning about migrant occupational health issues may have its greatest impact as participating students enter the regional workforce, caring for patients employed in slow-to-change agricultural operations.

PMID:
25727983
DOI:
10.1353/cpr.2014.0056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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