Exploring mental health and natural disasters in agricultural communities in Puerto Rico

The overarching goal of this project is to adapt and pilot an assessment tool to explore mental health status using previously developed resources. The investigative team expects that the implementation and use of the developed tools will provide a pathway to effectively assess the mental health and resilience of agricultural workers in Puerto Rico as […]

A novel approach (sweat patches) to monitoring pesticide exposure in farmworkers

Develop and assess the accuracy and precision of laboratory techniques used to measure pesticides and their metabolites from sweat patches.   Document challenges and problems experienced by farmworkers in using sweat patches.   Determine the levels and variance in concentrations of pesticides and metabolites obtained from sweat to those obtained from urine.  

Understanding the scope of the opioid epidemic for agricultural industries

Obtain qualitative and quantitative survey data to inform understanding of how opioid usage is impacting the functioning of agricultural personnel and their families.    Inform outreach material and program development to support agricultural health and safety.   Provide information to relevant stakeholders on how to best address opioid addiction within their respective industries & inform resource navigation.

Uncovering patterns of mental, physical, and occupational health issues among migrant farmworkers with different socio-cultural networks: A pilot study among Haitian and Mexican farm workers in Immokalee, FL

Create pilot data by conducting a three-module survey among 30 Haitian and 60 Mexican workers in Immokalee, FL. The three modules will focus on 1) physical and mental well-being: 2) social network structure and degree of connectedness; and, 3) demographic and occupational information.    Assess the impact of key indicators of social support and social networks […]

Developing an Integrated Decision Support Tool and Network for WPS Respirator Compliance in Florida Agricultural Industries

Assess needs for outreach materials in respiratory protection (among farmers, pesticide applicators, agrochemical/PPE dealers, and primary care providers).    Develop and disseminate decision-support tools.    Evaluate audience response to socially-marketed decision-support tools. Reconvene with respirator working group to plan for scaling up results (to state-wide and cross-industry levels).   

Field Evaluation of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators Against Airborne Dust and Microorganisms During Cotton Harvest

Dr. Adhikari has collected control air samples from three cotton farm locations and analyzed them for PM and culturable microorganisms. Respiratory deposition modeling data for particulate matter (PM) was presented in the inhaled aerosol dosimetry conference in Irvine, CA. Air sampling and other field experiments at cotton farms continue during harvesting (by combine harvesters).  

Agro-ecological practices in the face of climate change: Resilience, sustainability, and preparedness in Puerto Rico

Evaluate the comparative food production effects of Hurricane Maria in agro-ecological and industrial agricultural settings of Puerto Rico.   Describe the resilience, sustainability, and preparedness strategies adopted by each system.   Estimating the time and extent to which each system is rebounding.    Determine the amount of forestland, lost, standing, or rebuilding in each system.    Quantify the impact […]