The Northeast Center for Agricultural Health's (NEC) community-based partnerships are addressing important health and safety issues in diverse agricultural populations at several sites across the northeast. In most of these projects, the key effector is a "work team" composed of workers, employers and other interested parties. Work teams are organized and facilitated by staff from NEC and local partner community groups. With community input, these work teams define priority problems, select interventions, assist in the testing and evaluation of the proposed interventions and help with the dissemination of proven interventions.
NEC has found that: 1) employers and farm workers can collaborate to identify and address occupational health problems; 2) farm workers and employers both provide valuable insights into solutions from the design of implements to educational materials; 3) these types of community-based efforts can help identify other issues affecting farm worker populations.
For more information on this project, please contact Sherry Wyckoff, Research Coordinator at 800-343-7527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.