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Health, Farmworkers, Migrant, Social determinants of health
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology
Farmworkers often exist in vulnerable social and occupational positions that make accessing health care a challenge. This literature review seeks to outline the health of U.S. farmworkers in the context of these vulnerabilities through a review of the existing literature. It provides a short background to understand how we have become reliant on immigration to feed our nation and to give a snapshot of where these farmworkers come from and what their health concerns are. A key topic in this literature review is the social context of these health burdens including the attitudes of providers, farmworker’s perceptions of their own health, and the circumstances under which these have evolved. This review also explores barriers and facilitators to care, and the impact of COVID-19 on farmworkers. The literature search revealed limitations and gaps in public health data, state-level research for the state of Colorado, and a lack of literature focused on the strength and resilience of farmworkers. This literature review was conducted as part of a collaborative research project with Project Protect Food Systems Workers, a coalition that was convened at the onset of the pandemic with the purpose of advocating for the basic needs and rights of Colorado farmworkers during the current crisis.
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Hyde, Gabrielle, "Contextualizing the Health of U.S. Farmworkers" (2021). Undergraduate Theses, Capstones, and Recitals. 3.