Farmworker Health & Training Program

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is the proud sponsor of the national Farmworker Occupational Health & Safety Training Program (FOHSTP), which provides pesticide safety training, heat stressprevention training and other health education to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.The ten month program (Jan. – Oct.) has been implemented among our member organizations in 32 states.  To date we have a network of 204 trainers to deliver vital occupational health and safety information to tens of thousands of farmworkers each year.

Training Techniques

Training Techniques

AFOP Health & Safety Programs is known for quality, culturally appropriate training and curricula, that use innovative, low-literacy training techniques to communicate vital health information to farmworkers. Our programs focus on using adequate multilingual interactive training techniques to increase farmworkers engagement to the topic in order to ensure knowledge transfer, as well as, behavior change.

The majority of farmworkers in the U.S. speak Spanish as their primary language. To complement trainings, bilingual English-Spanish materials are made available for farmworkers and the community-based organizations that serve them.  In the past years we  have been able to translate our training materials into Haitian-Creole, Mixteco and Burmese.

Training Topics

Training Topics

Our farmworker Health & Safety Training Program provide multiple training topics to the farmworker community, such as:

  • Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
  • Limiting (Pesticide) Exposure Around Families (LEAF)
  • Pesticide Exposure & Pregnancy (PEP)
  • Jose Learns About Pesticides – story telling curriculum for children
  • Heat Stress Prevention
Special Events

Special Events

AFOP Health & Safety annually coordinates the following three awareness events/activities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their employers.

These events are the following:

  • National Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive – held during the National Farmworker Awareness Week in March.   With this event with hope to create awareness of the serious health effects of pesticide exposure while providing pesticide safety trainings and handing out long sleeve shirts to the farmworker community.
  • Healthy Pregnancy and Child Protection Month – during the month of May we coordinate an awareness campaign to draw attention to the dangers of pesticide exposure to pregnant women and their unborn child  The campaign includes a training marathon of PEP trainings and month-long social media blitz.
  • Heat Stress Prevention Training Marathon – held annually in July. With this event we hope to spread awareness about the serious effects of heat exposure mixed with pesticide exposure.
Participating Organizations

Participating Organizations

AL     Telamon Corp. MT    Rural Employment Opportunities PR    PathStone Corp.
AZ     Campesinos Sin Fronteras NC     Telamon Corp. TX    MET, Inc.
CA     Proteus, Inc. ND    MET, Inc. VA    Telamon Corp.
DE    Telamon Corp. NE    Proteus, Inc. VT     PathStone Corp.
IA      Proteus, Inc. NJ     PathStone, Corp. WA    Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
IN      Proteus, Inc. NM   HELP NM, Inc. WY    MET, Inc.
LA     MET, Inc. NY    PathStone Corp.
MD   Telamon Corp. OH   PathStone Corp.
ME    Eastern Maine Development Corp. OK    ORO Development Corp.
MN    MET, Inc. PA    PathStone Corp.

Program Impact

2016 PROGRAM IMPACT:

Our Health & Safety trainers had the opportunity to train 57,713 farmworkers in multiple health and safety training topics.

· 29 states participated in our program
· network of 220 trainers

2015 PROGRAM IMPACT:

Our Health & Safety trainers had the opportunity to train 41,400 farmworkers on different topics, such as: pesticide safety and heat stress prevention.

  • 28 states participated in our program
  • We had a network of 186 trainers

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2014 PROGRAM IMPACT:

Our Health & Safety trainers had the opportunity to train 26,468 farmworkers on different topics, such as: pesticide safety and heat stress prevention.

  • 16 states participated in our program
  • We had a network of 136 trainers

2014 training impact

2013 PROGRAM IMPACT:

Our Health & Safety trainers had the opportunity to train 27,822 farmworkers on different topics, such as: pesticide safety and heat stress prevention.

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