Agricultural Workers 

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations, requiring heavy physical labor and exposure to extreme weather, as well as environmental hazards such as pesticides. Income is dependent on the weather and other uncontrollable circumstances, so income can be unpredictable. A high percentage of Florida farmworkers are Latin American and Caribbean immigrants who may not speak English well or understand our healthcare system and culture. Fear of deportation, family separation or other negative legal consequences are a barrier for the undocumented. Immigrants are uninsured at higher rates than citizens and have higher rates of poverty but are ineligible for public assistance programs such as unemployment and Workman’s Compensation insurance. They can’t drive legally making transportation a challenge. Migrant farmworkers, and sometimes their families, travel with the seasons, creating additional difficulties associated with a highly mobile lifestyle. Some strategies health centers use successfully to reach farmworkers include:

  • Outreach to the communities and places they work
  • Collaboration with organization’s they trust
  • Cultural humility and competency, including language interpretation services
  • Assistance with insurance and public assistance enrollment
  • Peer to peer learning and support
  • Linkages with community resources such as food and housing
  • Linkages with “Upstream” healthcare providers for migrant workers

Agricultural Workers Resources

Agricultural Worker Data 

Florida and National Farmworker Organizations

Related FACHC Web Sites

For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at [email protected]