Farmworker Health Issues
Farmworkers and their families face numerous health issues due to their living and working conditions, including diabetes, HIV/STIs, and skin cancer. Farmworker Justice’s health promotion projects focus on capacity building, training and technical assistance, and information-sharing to empower farmworkers to improve their health.
FJ’s “United Eliminating Barriers to Skin Cancer Prevention (Unidos)” addressed farmworker access to skin cancer and prevention. Partnering with Vista Community Clinic in California and Campesinos Sin Fronteras in Arizona, farmworkers received preventative education, free skin cancer screenings, and educational materials.
“Juntos Nos Movemos: Parents and Children Making the Time to Move Together” promotes physical activity among farmworker families. FJ is partnering with the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office and migrant health centers to develop curriculum content, provide trainings to farmworker families, and distribute educational materials.
FJ also partnered with Lideres Campesinas, a farmworker women’s organization in California, to develop “Breaking the Silence,” an educational video and discussion guide on sexual violence in agricultural fields. The video, created in Spanish and Mixteco, aims to educate and empower farmworker women mitigate and report sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.
FJ’s health resources respond to the needs of farmworker communities. Our materials for workers are created with community partners and are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole with a space for local information. We also develop issue briefs, fact sheets, and a Health Policy Bulletin to share health information with farmworker service providers to support their health efforts.
Visit our Resource Center to access our health materials.