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Farmworker Health Collaborative

Caswell County, North Carolina

In North Carolina, it is difficult to understate the importance of the well-being of our agricultural workers. Along with making up large parts of our population, farmworkers labor tirelessly in planting, cultivating, and harvesting the foods that we eat every day. Even still, agricultural workers are majorly left out of our communities, leading to disparities in their health, financial, and social outcomes. I am proud to work alongside Blue Cross NC Foundation to uproot the social inequities and disconnections that separate agricultural workers from the broader community, and the multi-sector partnerships we build along the way will help pave the way for a healthy and thriving North Carolina.

Bryan Parrish, Community Health Manager, North Carolina Community Health Center Association

Location

Caswell County, NC

Partners

Farmworker Advocacy Network, Farmworker Health Collaborative, NC Community Health Center Association, NC Farmworkers’ Project, NC Farmworker Health Program Office Rural Health, Piedmont Health Services

Issue Area(s)

Occupational Health, Chronic Illness, Employment

Background

The Farmworker Health Collaborative serves farmworkers in rural areas of Caswell County. In North Carolina, there are an estimated 118,000 farmworkers, 99% of whom are Latinx. In Caswell and across the state, farmworkers are largely underserved and uninsured despite the danger of their occupations. In addition, they earn wages that place them below the Federal Poverty Line. Many farmworkers also live in employer-provided housing in rural areas, isolating them from health care services.

Using the Community-Centered Health approach, the Farmworker Health Collaborative is addressing inequities faced by farmworker and poultry processing worker populations related to occupational health and chronic illness by focusing on access and employment in Caswell County.

The Farmworker Health Collaborative is a member of the second cohort of Community-Centered Health grantees and recently completed their 15-month planning phase.

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