Casa a Campo

Pesticide Safe for Farmworker Families –is a project that began in October 2001 with a grant from the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health.  “Casa” builds on the community-university partnership among Wake Forest University, the North Carolina Farmworkers Project, and Student Action with Farmworkers to reduce one environmental health risk, pesticide exposure, among farmworkers and their families in North Carolina.  Project activities focused on the counties surrounding the North Carolina Farmworkers Project office in Benson, North Carolina.  Casa is a community education project in which we developed programs to educate members of the farmworker community and health care providers about pesticide health risks and safety.  Over the past four years, we have documented the knowledge and beliefs about pesticide exposure and about other environmental health concerns of farmworker families.  We have developed culturally appropriate materials and programs to reduce pesticide exposure among these families, and to better prepare health care providers to recognize, treat, and prevent pesticide exposure of farmworker family members.

Several new collaborators joined in our efforts with Casa a Campo.  These include project investigators Ann Hiott and Melinda Wiggins along with project coordinators Julie Early and Guadalupe Martinez.  They join Jane Hoppin, Sara Quant and Tom Arcury.  One exciting component of Casa was the participation of two SAF interns during each project year.

Project Team:  Thomas A. Arcury, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Stephen W. Davis, MA, Mercedes Hernández-Pelletier, MPH (North Carolina Farmworkers Project), Ann Hiott, MD, Sara A. Quandt, PhD, and Melinda Wiggins, MTS (Student Action with Farmworkers). Dana B. Barr, PhD, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Jane Hoppin, ScD (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) are consultants.

Funding Agency:  This four-year project is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (R25 OH07611)

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