The Contributions of Applied Anthropology to Decreasing Occupational Health Hazards Among Mexican Migrant Farmworkers

Kate Fibiger


Anthropologists Thomas Arcury and Sara Quandt haveresearched occupational health hazards, especially pesticideexposure, among Mexican migrant farmworkers. Theanthropologists initiated a community participatory healthproject in 1994 entitled Preventing Chemical ExposureAmong North Carolina Farmworkers, PACE, which aimed toempower and educate Mexican migrant farmworkers aboutwork-related health issues. To achieve target-communityownership of the project, the PACE team implemented a“multidomain, multimode model,” which has resulted insubstantial improvements in farmworker understandings ofpesticide-related health risks.

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