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Document ID (ISN)109087
CIS number 09-153
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Liebman A.K., Juárez P.M., Leyva C., Corona A.
Title A pilot program using promotoras de salud to educate farmworker families about the risks from pesticide exposure
Bibliographic information 2007, Vol.12, No.2, p.33-43. Illus. 22 ref.
Abstract This paper reviews a successful education effort to minimize pesticide exposure to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families through innovative training curricula, informal participatory educational techniques and culturally sensitive outreach methods. In 2004, lay health educators (promotoras de salud), were trained in pesticide safety and in ways to promote safety information in the farmworker community in New Mexico. Through home visits and small group workshops, the promotoras trained 273 farmworkers and farmworker family members on ways to reduce exposures to pesticides in their homes and at work, with an emphasis on protecting children. The families received a Spanish language comic book that reinforced the pesticide safety information. The project resulted in a significant increase in knowledge regarding the routes of exposure, the vulnerability of children, the signs and symptoms of pesticide poisonings and the ways to minimize pesticide exposures.
Descriptors (primary) health programmes; seasonal work; agriculture; migrant workers; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) pesticide poisoning; children; programme evaluation; limitation of exposure; New Mexico
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion
Agricultural chemicals