Year of Publication

2016

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Dr. of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Committee Chair

James W. Holsinger, Jr., MD, PhD

Committee Member

Steven Browning, PhD

Committee Member

Tyrone Borders, PhD

Abstract

Agriculture, which is home to elevated occupational injury and illness rates, has a substantial demographic makeup of Hispanic workers. Hispanic farmworkers are at increased risk of poor occupational health outcomes due to the precarious nature of work and other socio-ecological influences. These adverse occupational health outcome counts are inadequate and undercounted, failing to capture the true scope of agricultural work. To gain more knowledge about agriculture, this capstone will focus on the personal and work characteristics of agricultural workers to help further understand disparities within the agricultural sector by: providing a literature review of agricultural worker health; examining missed work due to work-related illness among Hispanic agricultural workers; exploring farmworker characteristics in two agricultural subsectors; and, offering implications for public health practice and research.

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