3:00pm - 4:00pm
It is estimated that there are currently 2.5 to 3 million farmworkers in the United States. While farm work is sometimes described as “low-skill” or “no skill,” the nature of this occupation requires dexterity, speed, skill, endurance, and mental acuity. Agriculture is also one of the most hazardous industries in the U.S.
Farmworker mental/behavioral health is closely intertwined with multiple, simultaneously contributing variables, including those related to occupational/workplace factors, culture, and interpersonal relationships.
Esmeralda Mandujano has ten years’ experience in occupational safety with an emphasis on prevention of secondary injuries in agriculture. She is the program manager for California AgrAbility at the University of California, Davis, providing direct assistance to farmers and farmworkers with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses to help them continue to work safely. Esmeralda focuses on networking and outreach for California AgrAbility as a core strategy to support program participant goals. Her mission is to support farmers and farmworkers to take care of their minds and bodies, their most valuable work tools. Esmeralda received her undergraduate education in psychology from UC Davis and earned a master’s in public health from the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, LCSW, is the founder and director of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University. She has been an advocate for Latinx immigrant and farm worker communities for more than 25 years. Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez was named National Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2018, and awarded the 2017 Indiana Social Worker of the Year. In addition to her role with the MESA program, she will serve as Latino outreach coordinator for both the National and Indiana AgrAbility projects beginning August 1, 2021. Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez serves on the Clinical Advisory Council for the Healing Voices farm worker mental health Initiative at Justice for Migrant Women. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana where completed a B.A. (‘96) in sociology at Purdue University and completed her master degree (‘98) in social work at Indiana University.
A question & answer period will follow the presentation.