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Community development of basic first aid training for hispanic dairy workers

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sherry Wyckoff, BS, The NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY
John J. May, MD, The NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY
Anna Meyerhoff, BA, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Cooperstown, NY
Objective: Development of agricultural specific first aid training Methods: The NYCAMH Farm Emergency Response Program has traditionally provided bilingual Heartsaver CPR and first aid certification to farmers, their workers and families through the American Heart Association. However, this certification is time-consuming and emergencies covered are not specific to agriculture. Using a community based approach, NYCAMH has combined input from farmers and workers with injury data collected through NYCAMH's agriculture injury surveillance study to develop a new “basic dairy first aid curriculum”. NYCAMH collaborated with migrant educators, outreach and extension staff, dairy farm owners and Hispanic farmworkers in northern New York to revise existing emergency and first aid training. New curriculum aimed to efficiently convey emergency and first aid information that was appropriate and specific for the dairy workplace. Training content focused on injury data collected from the current NEC agriculture injury surveillance study. Results: Educational sessions have been carried out at 17 sites involving 95 workers. Worker feedback led to the development of low-literacy bilingual print materials to supplement the training. These include wallet cards for pertinent health and emergency contact information. To ensure worker comprehension of basic topics, a pre/post test evaluation component has been added, indicating significant (p<.001)increase in knowledge.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process to develop and evaluate appropriate agricultural specific bilingual materials

Keyword(s): Occupational Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have ten years of experience in agricultural health and safety. I am the co-investigator on this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.