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Preventing Agricultural Chemical Exposure among North Carolina Farmworkers

PACE - Preventing Agricultural Chemical Exposure among North Carolina Farmworkers - was a four year project (1997-2000) to develop, test and disseminate culturally appropriate public health interventions to reduce pesticide exposure among migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina. Working collaboratively with seasonal and migrant farmworkers communities through the North Carolina Farmworkers’ Project, PACE (1) conducted research among farmworkers, growers, and service providers to identify knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors associated with exposure to agricultural chemicals; (2) used this research to develop or adapt multiple culturally sensitive interventions designed to increase knowledge, change behavior, and reduce exposure to agricultural chemicals; (3) tested the effectiveness of the interventions using an experimental trial; and (4) analyzed the effects of the intervention on increasing knowledge and reducing exposure to agricultural chemicals.

PACE focused on work-place pesticide safety in eight North Carolina counties in which sizable numbers of migrant and seasonal farmworkers are employed. These counties were Duplin, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, and Wilson.

Project Team:Thomas A. Arcury, Ph.D. , Principal Investigator, Sara A. Quandt, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Aaron Pell, B.A. (North Carolina Farmworkers’ Project) Co-Principal Investigator, Pamela Rao, Ph.D., Project Coordinator.

Funding Agency: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R21 ES08739 and R01 ES08739)

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