Health of Children and Women in the Farmworker Community in the Eastern United States

  • Sara A. Quandt


This chapter reviews research on health of women and children in farmworker communities in the eastern United States. Both women and children may be present in these communities as farmworkers themselves or as dependents. Both groups are at risk of health effects from farm work. Research indicates that children have limited access to care and significant unmet health needs. Obesity and food security are concerns. The environment poses significant risks, particularly from pesticides. Women lack access to reproductive health services. Exposure to pesticides is also a significant risk. Mental health and sexual harassment are important, but understudied problems. Overall, the research on health issues for women and children in farmworker communities in the eastern US is highly variable. Because access to linguistically and culturally appropriate services is limited, the needs of the population in this region and solutions to eliminate health disparities may be unique.


Intimate Partner Violence Sexual Harassment Hispanic Woman Pesticide Exposure Migrant Child 


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  • Sara A. Quandt
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Prevention Division of Public Health Sciences,Department of Family and Community MedicineWake Forest University School of Medicine USA

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