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JPHCOPH Examines Mobile Clinic Outreach to Migrant Farmworkers

A study led by Dr. John Luque, which also included Dr. Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, Dr. Simone Charles, Prasen Marella, Angel Bowers, and Viral Panchal at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and Lisa Anderson at Southeast Georgia Communities Project examined “Mobile Farm Clinic Outreach to Address Health Conditions among Latino Migrant Farmworkers in Georgia.” The purpose of this study was to conduct an occupational health needs assessment of illnesses and work-related injuries among a Latino migrant farmworker population (recruited to harvest Vidalia onions) in South Georgia.

Study data included survey responses from 100 farmworkers attending mobile farm clinics in 2010 at their worker housing residences, supplemented by medical diagnoses data from the same clinics collected over 3 years (2009–2011) for 1,161 farmworkers at six different farms. Researchers identified eye and musculoskeletal problems as the major occupational health conditions for this population of farmworkers. Participants with less than 3 years of farm work experience were less likely to use safety glasses compared to those with 8 or more years of experience.

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