SPOTLIGHT: Farm to Table in the time of COVID

SPOTLIGHT: Farm to Table in the time of COVID

Implications for Essential Workers

COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way. During this time, UMASH has been providing trusted information to farmers, families and farmworkers to stay safe and healthy. The agricultural workforce is essential and much work in fields, on farms, inside processing plants and other farm to table operations is carried out by immigrant and migrant workers.

Addressing the implications of COVID-19 on agricultural workers is a priority for Amy Liebman, with the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) Amy is a co-investigator with the UMASH project, Promoting Worker Health and Safety for Immigrant Dairy Workers and an expert on the issues that are relevant to the safety, health and wellbeing of the immigrant workforce.

Amy and her colleagues at the Migrant Clinicians Network recently published two articles in the Journal of Agromedicine: Practice, Policy and Research, discussing the complex issues of health and economics facing essential agricultural workers as a consequence of the pandemic. The articles also demonstrate the importance of translating research into practical solutions for the success and health of the immigrant workforce.

To learn more about the unique concerns facing immigrant workers during this time of COVID-19, visit the MCN post and the corresponding links to the journal articles.

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