Online Program

Using Policy Briefs to Disseminate Occupational and Environmental Research with Farmworkers to Policy Makers

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Phillip Summers, MPH, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Sara A. Quandt, PhD, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Melinda Wiggins, Student Action with Farmworkers, Durham, NC
Thomas A. Arcury, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
Migrant and seasonal farmworkers are a vulnerable population who experience substantial occupational hazards and who have limited political voice.  Research that documents the occupational and environmental hazards they face is essential to substantiate policy change.  Presenting research findings clearly and concisely to policy makers is a critical step in the support of regulations to improve occupational equity for farmworkers.

Dissemination of research findings to multiple audiences, including policy makers, is an essential tenet of community based participatory research (CBPR).  Producing “Policy Briefs” that summarize research findings so they can be used by community members and advocates to educate policy makers is one part of our 20 year CBPR partnership with farmworkers in North Carolina.

This presentation highlights the role of and the essential components of these policy briefs.  Policy briefs are focused and concise communications that clearly display research findings.  Data are depicted graphically or visually.  Advocates and community groups are important partners in the design process, ensuring that pertinent information is prominent.  Encouraging participation in the design of policy briefs increases their impact in a wider audience. 

The iterative process of developing a policy brief is described, and sample policy briefs spanning a number of CBPR projects investigating occupational and environmental justice issues are presented.  Policy briefs documenting the hazards migrant farmworkers endure are effective vehicles for advocacy. Grant R01 ES008739.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List the essential components of a policy brief Compare elements of sample policy briefs

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project manager of multiple federally funded research grants focusing on occupational safety of Hispanics in construction and farm work. Among my scientific interests has been the development of community partnerships that document the working conditions of Hispanics. I have helped compile policy briefs as a part of our research dissemination. I am a fluent Spanish speaker with a Masters in Public Health.
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.