nutrition and migrant farmworkers
dferguso at KIWI.IUPUI.EDU
Fri Jun 5 10:52:04 PDT 1998
Several years ago, I served as the coordinator of an emergency
feeding program for migrant farm workers here in Indiana. I searched
for the same type of info you are looking for...here are a few things
from my files...some of the info is kind of old, but I believer still
The national Migrant Resource Program in Austin Tx. carries some
nutrition related materials (512)328-7682.
AFOP (associaiton of farmworker opportunity program) has run surverys
that include nutrition info (202) 543-3443
Based on the above surveys HHS put together the farmworker nutrition
education resource guide (703)528-4141
In alot of states Head Start runs a migrant program and so might have
more specific clinical indicies for your state. True for WIC too...
The state of Maryland has a commission on Migratory and seasonal farm
labor and I believe they may collect some information also..sorry I
don't have a number for that one...
And Public Voice has done some things...I have a very old report from
1989 called Full Fields, empty cupbords: The nutritonal status fo
Migrant farmworks in America. They may have something
Hope this helps...denise
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:50:20 CST
Reply-to: phnutr-l at u.washington.edu
From: "JULIA E. SALOMON" <jsalomon at plantpath.wisc.edu>
To: "Public Health Nutrition Discussion and Information Group" <phnutr-l at u.washington.edu>
Subject: nutrition and migrant farmworkers
First of all thanks to all who replied to my previous message about
nutrition and asthma. The information was very useful and I
forwarded the information to the interested person, a non-subsciber.
I am once again asking for a bit of help. For the past three
summers I have worked as a Project Assistant on a study about
health issues (in the broadest sense but mainly occupational and
safety hazards) among MIGRANT farmworkers. Two summers ago the focus
was on pesticide exposure and incidence of cancer among this
population. Last summer we tried to collect information about the
occupational hazards migrant children are exposed to when they or
their parents work in the fields, etc.
I have searched for information/articles about nutrition
(nutritional status, food security status etc.) in this unique
population but it seems most information written about this
population revolves around health in general (pesticides, accidents,
infectious diseases etc.) housing, poverty, economic issues, etc.
Does anyone know of any studies looking at specific nutrition issues
in this population? I would appreciate any help. Thank you very
Julia E. Salomon
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