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Farmworker Research

Farmworker Contributions to Communities

The purpose of this project is to present a balanced perspective on how farmworkers contribute to New York State communities. The study analyzes farmworker contributions through state and federal tax deductions from their salaries, social security and disability payments, investment in local communities, and their value added in production. It also examines the expenses incurred by farmworkers through state and federally supported health and education programs. This project examines the common perception that farmworkers are a drain on local economies.

Cultural Competency and Provision of Health Services

Cultural competency is an essential skill for health care providers that serve farmworkers. After compiling an annotated bibliography of cultural competency literature and training modules, this project will assess healthcare providers’ interest and need for cultural competency educational materials. Additionally, researchers will compare the environment, population, and patient-provider culture in different farmworker health care clinics throughout New York State. Student interns conduct research on farmworker perceptions of health and shadow Finger Lakes Migrant Health Program physicians during on-farm health visits.

Immigrant Farmworker Social Integration Study

This study seeks to evaluate immigrant farmworker social integration in New York and how it is being impacted by increased immigration enforcement in certain parts of the state. Research methods include direct farmworker interviews and interviews with service providers throughout the state. The CFP anticipates that the results of this study will be used to impact policy and programs influencing farmworker social integration.

NYS Farmworker Demographics

The first step of this two part research project is to identify the various sources of demographic data that currently exist on migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in New York State. This phase of the project involves contacting agencies throughout the state, including the Department of Health, Migrant Education Program, Department of Labor, Subsidy Database and Cornell Cooperative Extension and gathering what information they have available. Using this data, the goal is to put together a commodity timeline and map for each county showing the number of farms that employ migrant or seasonal farmworkers and the crops that these farms harvest and produce throughout the year. The second step of this project will be to identify the holes that exist in the available data and develop a more streamlined research method to collect accurate demographic data on migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the state.