SPOTLIGHT: A teacher, an advocate and a friend

SPOTLIGHT: A teacher, an advocate and a friend

JUNE 2021

UMASH is recognizing a colleague who was instrumental in the immigrant dairy worker project since 2011. Patricia Juárez-Carrillo, PhD, MPH, recently passed away due to pulmonary fibrosis. She was a strong advocate for environmental and social justice and spent much of her life working to improve the health of families living along the US-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico.

UMASH worked with Patricia on the Seguridad in las lecherías project, a safety and health training program for immigrant dairy workers. Patricia’s outstanding scholarship and dedication to immigrant workers helped lead this project to success. She and her colleagues summarized the results of the training portion of this project in “Applying Learning Theory to Safety and Health Training for Hispanic Immigrant Dairy Workers, ” published in English and Spanish in the Journal of Health Promotion Practice. The journal recognized the article with the Sarah Mazelis Health Promotion Practice 2017 Paper of the Year award.

“This is a successful example of collaboration between experts, researchers, and the farmers and workers towards improving occupational safety and health of Hispanic workers through education”

, Dr. Juárez-Carrillo

A GoFundMe site has been set up to honor Patricia and raise funds to support scholarships, promote development and environmental justice work.

UMASH is grateful for the opportunity to work with Patricia who was a teacher, advocate, friend and a champion for immigrants and marginalized populations. We extend our sympathy to her family and all those who benefited from her meaningful work.