Health Information Outreach Award 111: Health Information Literacy Outreach to Promote Farmworker Health
There are profound health inequalities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Exacerbating these health inequalities are barriers to quality health information for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. By linking farmworker youth and farmworker health outreach workers with NLM resources, this project seeks to improve access to health information. This project is a partnership between East Carolina University's Joyner Library and Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), non-profit farmworker advocacy organization founded in 1992. The project integrates training on NLM products, iPads, and internet access into a leadership and college pipeline program for farmworker youth (SAF's Levante Leadership Institute). To broaden the project's impact, additional trainings reach recent college graduates participating in a SAF Into the Fields fellowship on farmworker health; farmworker health program outreach workers from rural health clinics; and, attendees at North Carolina's largest gathering of farmworker health advocates, workers, and researchers. Finally, to improve future work promoting equality in information access, we assess information needs experienced during the 2017 growing season by SAF health outreach fellows and Levante youth and their families. This effort meets NNLM goals of equalizing access to health information and promoting vulnerable consumers' ability to make informed health decisions.