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Document ID (ISN)111512
CIS number 11-0185
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Villarejo D., McCurdy S.A., Bade B., Samuels S., Lighthall D., Williams D.
Title The health of California's immigrant hired farmworkers
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.53, p.387-397. 33 ref.
Abstract Hispanic immigrant workers dominate California's hired farm workforce. Little is known about their health status; even less is known about those lacking employment authorization. The California Agricultural Workers Health Survey (CAWHS) was a statewide cross-sectional household survey conducted in 1999. Six hundred fifty-four workers completed in-person interviews, comprehensive physical examinations and personal risk behavior interviews. The CAWHS PE Sample is comprised mostly of young Mexican men who lack health insurance and present elevated prevalence of indicators of chronic disease: overweight, obesity, high blood pressure, and high serum cholesterol. The self-reported, cumulative, farm work career incidence of paid claims for occupational injury under workers compensation was 27% for males and 11% for females. The survey finds elevated prevalence of indicators of chronic disease but lack of health care access. Participants without employment authorization reported a greater prevalence of high-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking, and were less knowledgeable about workplace protection.
Descriptors (primary) California; state of health; human behaviour; migrant workers; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) USA; compensation of occupational diseases; risk factors; social aspects; terms of employment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Precarious employment
Occupational health services