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Convivencia y conversación: Tools for reducing stress and fostering emotional well-being among Latino farmworkers

Convivencia y conversación: Tools for reducing stress and fostering emotional well-being among Latino farmworkers

From picking vegetables to de-tasseling corn and tending livestock, Latinos comprise the majority of the agricultural workforce in the United States. Oftentimes, as the invisible bodies that produce food enjoyed across the world, Latino farmworkers are isolated physically, culturally, and socially. These workers face many stressors in addition to those common in agriculture like long hours, the weather, or time pressures, including:

  • Separation from family
  • Limited social and tangible support systems
  • Adjustment to a new culture
  • Communication in a different language
  • Immigration legal concerns
  • Discrimination

During this webinar, we will discuss common stressors among farmworkers and cultural aspects of coping and resilience, including convivencia and conversación. We will also highlight the Bienvenido (Welcome) program that is working to meet farmworkers where they are at and move toward enhancing emotional well-being, promoting effective communication, reducing mental health stigma, and promoting help-seeking.

Our Presenter:

Dr. Athena Ramos is an associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska, and is affiliated with the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. She leads a Latino outreach and engagement team, as well as multiple projects focused on farmworker health, immigrant integration, and community well-being. She has over 20 years of experience as a program manager and researcher with proven ability to develop and implement health, social, and human service programs with culturally diverse populations. Dr. Ramos serves on the board of directors for the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH) and is a member of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Ramos has a Ph.D. in international family & community studies from Clemson University and two master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Recently, she was awarded the Carruth J. Wagner Faculty Prize in Public Health from the UNMC College of Public Health for her engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic with vulnerable workers throughout the agri-food system.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation.

To participate in this free webinar,click here to access the online registration form by Thursday, August 25. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Friday, August 26. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.

The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center is supported by USDA-NIFA Project 2020-70028-32728. The National AgrAbility Project is supported by AgrAbility Project, USDA/NIFA Special Project 2021-41590-34813.

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