Tag Archives: Proyecto Sol

Farmworker Health in Puerto Rico and the Mainland: Place Makes a Difference

National Farm Safety Week took place last month, from September 16 through September 22. Unfortunately, just last week, one day after a bill purported to address heat-related injuries and deaths in California was defeated, another farmworker lost his life due to heat. Occupational … Continue reading

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SAFE AmeriCorps Impact Farmworker Communities

After only four months of service AFOP’s 18 SAFE AmeriCorps members have already made a major impact on farmworker communities. So far, SAFE AmeriCorps members have reached almost 18,000 agricultural employees through a variety of services. Farmworkers have participated in … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Health Literacy

Most of us know what literacy means: it’s someone’s ability to read, write, and understand. Health literacy, or the capability to read, understand, and use healthcare information to make decisions is often less clear. Even if health literacy might be … Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations and Saving Lives

As we come into the homestretch of the Heat Stress Prevention Training Marathon, we applaud those who participated and cheer them to the finish line. We won’t know the final results until Monday morning, as we have some folks on … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Farmworker Health

The Earth’s climate has become warmer over the past century, a trend that the vast majority of climate scientists attribute to human activity. Warming is expected to continue – a recent study projected the average global temperature will rise between 2.5 and … Continue reading

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Heat Stress Prevention with Water

As we near the summer season, with its unforgiving high temperatures that have taken so many farmworkers’ lives, it’s critical we rally behind the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign. Through this … Continue reading

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National Heat Stress Awareness Week

The National Safety Council’s 2009 edition of Injury Facts ranked agriculture as our nation’s most dangerous industry with 28.6 deaths per 100,000 adult workers. Agricultural workers have a heat-related death rate 20 times greater than the general American workforce, according … Continue reading

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Training in Action

Yesterday, AFOP’s Washington, D.C. staff had the opportunity to travel to Delaware’s Eastern Shore to see one of our SAFE AmeriCorps trainers in action. The farmworkers got really into it when Dina, our excellent SAFE AmeriCorps member, started enthusiastically handing … Continue reading

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A Special Visit to HELP, NM

By Jessica Werder, Health & Safety Senior Program Manager It is hot in New Mexico. I know from experience: last week, I had the opportunity to observe a Proyecto Sol, heat stress prevention training at the HELP, New Mexico offices … Continue reading

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Staying Safe in the Sun

        By Jessica Werder, Health & Safety Senior Program Manager, and Ayrianne Parks, Communications Director As many of us neared the end of our workweek last Friday, our thoughts turned to how we would stay cool throughout … Continue reading

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