Health Awareness and Prevention

Visit our Resource Center to see our materials on any of the following topics. 

Skin Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Treatment

Farmworkers inevitably labor during the hottest points of the day and are exposed to the sun’s rays at their most intense. The wide variety of occupational hazards facing farmworkers in the field may mean choosing to protect yourself from the sun’s rays and pesticide exposure with long sleeves, pants, hats, and bandanas, or lessening your chance of heat stress by wearing lighter, or less, clothing. Purchasing items like sunscreen or sunglasses may not fall within the scope of a farmworker’s budget, or may be perceived as gendered items not appropriate for general use.

Farmworker Justice’s project “United Eliminating Barries to Skin Cancer Prevention” (Unidos), seeks to change farmworker access to skin cancer care and prevention. In order to effectively address these farmworker-specific challenges, FJ partners with local organizations Vista Community Clinic in California and Campesinos Sin Fronteras in Arizona to offers preventative education, free skin cancer screenings, and educational materials.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

According to data from the National Center for Farmworker Health, HIV infection rates among farmworkers ranges from 2.6 percent to 13 percent. The literature about rural Latinos’ risk factors for HIV suggests that the community is highly vulnerable to an HIV epidemic, despite the lower HIV prevalence. For farmworkers, social isolation, recent immigration status and separation from local communities compounds HIV risk factors such as: increased likelihood of multiple sex partners for Latino men, low rates of condom use for Latina women, less use of testing and health services, discomfort in English-dominant environments, increased depression, elevated rates of alcohol and substance use, and increased likelihood of patronage of or employment in sex work. Because of low testing rates, many farmworkers do not learn of their HIV positive status until they develop a severe illness or unless they are tested as part of their prenatal care, and as such concurrent diagnoses of HIV and AIDS are common.

Our HIV/AIDS prevention work has largely focused on capacity building at the local level, training and technical assistance, and effective dissemination of HIV/AIDS information to farmworkers by forming local and national networks. 

Diabetes

Our work with HRSA has allowed us to develop diabetes materials focusing both on workers and clinicians. These materials focus on increasing worker access to diabetes screening, care, and management services and information.