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The Fotonovela Project: Bilingual Education for Healthy and Safe Participation in Occupations for Migrant Farm workers

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Anne Shordike

Start Time

26-10-2007 11:45 AM

End Time

26-10-2007 1:45 PM

Abstract

The Latino, Hispanic, population of Fayette county in Kentucky grew 235% (compare to an overall population increase of 16%in the county) between 1990 and 2000, in response to the need for labor in the tobacco and horse industries. The Latino population in Fayette County is primarily from Mexico. The “labor market insertion” of the immigrants is now past the initial, transient, seasonal stage with many workers and working families employed in low wage service jobs, especially in the hospitality industry, construction industry or in factories. The majority of the Mexican immigrants are living with family and relatives, including children (Rich & Miranda, 2005). Health access and resources are a primary concern for Latino migrant farm workers in Kentucky and the United States. The Latino migrants in Fayette County experience the same problems as Latino immigrants throughout the United States, such as availability of culturally, linguistically, and financially appropriate health care services. This poster presents the development of several fotonovelas, bilingual picture booklets, for The Bluegrass Farm worker Health Center in Lexington, Kentucky, a capstone service learning project of occupational science students in Eastern Kentucky University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science program. The authors first reviewed and archived literature related to culture, politics and health of migrant workers. Then, after a needs assessment at the Center, they created occupationally oriented fotonovelas to address the areas prioritized by the staff and the literature: pesticide safety, safe body mechanics for working in the tobacco fields and dental hygiene. The process of developing these novellas involved extensive interfacing with some members of the community and translators. The fotonovelas will be distributed at the Center and in the migrant community, and will be used as in-house educational materials by the BFHC staff. This project served, effectively, as a bridge from the bachelor’s level occupational science program to the master’s level occupational therapy program as the students applied their knowledge of occupation and health in an occupational justice context

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The Fotonovela Project: Bilingual Education for Healthy and Safe Participation in Occupations for Migrant Farm workers

The Latino, Hispanic, population of Fayette county in Kentucky grew 235% (compare to an overall population increase of 16%in the county) between 1990 and 2000, in response to the need for labor in the tobacco and horse industries. The Latino population in Fayette County is primarily from Mexico. The “labor market insertion” of the immigrants is now past the initial, transient, seasonal stage with many workers and working families employed in low wage service jobs, especially in the hospitality industry, construction industry or in factories. The majority of the Mexican immigrants are living with family and relatives, including children (Rich & Miranda, 2005). Health access and resources are a primary concern for Latino migrant farm workers in Kentucky and the United States. The Latino migrants in Fayette County experience the same problems as Latino immigrants throughout the United States, such as availability of culturally, linguistically, and financially appropriate health care services. This poster presents the development of several fotonovelas, bilingual picture booklets, for The Bluegrass Farm worker Health Center in Lexington, Kentucky, a capstone service learning project of occupational science students in Eastern Kentucky University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science program. The authors first reviewed and archived literature related to culture, politics and health of migrant workers. Then, after a needs assessment at the Center, they created occupationally oriented fotonovelas to address the areas prioritized by the staff and the literature: pesticide safety, safe body mechanics for working in the tobacco fields and dental hygiene. The process of developing these novellas involved extensive interfacing with some members of the community and translators. The fotonovelas will be distributed at the Center and in the migrant community, and will be used as in-house educational materials by the BFHC staff. This project served, effectively, as a bridge from the bachelor’s level occupational science program to the master’s level occupational therapy program as the students applied their knowledge of occupation and health in an occupational justice context