Effectiveness of community health workers for promoting use of safety eyewear by Latino farm workers

Linda Forst, Steven Lacey, Yun Chen Hua, Rocio Jimenez, Susan Bauer, Sara Skinner, Ramona Alvarado, Leslie Nickels, Joseph Zanoni, Robert Petrea, Lorraine Conroy

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Abstract

Background: To evaluate The Community Health Worker "promotor de salud" (CHW) model is evaluated as a tool for reducing eye injuries in Latino farm workers. Methods: In 2001, 786 workers on 34 farms were divided into three intervention blocks: (A) CHWs provided protective eyewear and training to farm workers; (B) CHWs provided eyewear but no training to farm workers; (C) eyewear was distributed to farm workers with no CHWpresent and no training. Results: Pre- and post-intervention questionnaires demonstrated greater self-reported use of eyewear in all blocks after the intervention (P < 0.0001), with Block A showing the greatest change compared to B (P < 0.0001) and C (P = 0.03); this was supported by field observations. Block A showed the greatest improvement in knowledge on questions related to training content. Conclusion: CHWs were an effective tool to train farm workers in eye health and safety, improving the use of personal protective equipment and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-613
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Agricultural workers
  • Community health workers
  • Eye injury intervention
  • Farm workers
  • Hispanic workers
  • Latino workers
  • Promotores de salud
  • Safety eyewear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Forst, L., Lacey, S., Hua, Y. C., Jimenez, R., Bauer, S., Skinner, S., Alvarado, R., Nickels, L., Zanoni, J., Petrea, R., & Conroy, L. (2004). Effectiveness of community health workers for promoting use of safety eyewear by Latino farm workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 46(6), 607-613. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.20103