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International Total Worker Health®

Improving farm worker health in Guatemala

We have partnered with the ColoradoSPH Center for Global Health and two of the largest agricultural enterprises in Central America to better understand the health risks agricultural workers face and determine the most effective, feasible solutions to improve their health, safety, and well-being. Global temperatures are on the rise and as a result, these workers face greater health risks. As part of the University of Colorado Consortium on Climate Change and Health, a group of CU scientists researching the impact of climate on human health, we are working to understand how climate affects workers.
We are studying the health of sugarcane and banana agricultural workers and evaluating the health and safety programs provided by their employers. Based on our findings, we will offer recommendations to these businesses, emphasizing a Total Worker Health approach to protect workers from safety hazards and support their health and well-being. Since launching this research 2015, we have conducted health screenings on thousands of workers.

Highlights and News

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Our research uncovers risk factors for a mysterious kidney disease in farm workers​
In a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we identified new risk factors of a kidney illness affecting tens of thousands of farm workers worldwide.
Read the story in CU Anschutz Today.

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Guatemala partnership launched to improve farm worker health​

Our center and the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health announced a new partnership with Pantaleon, one of the largest sugar producers in Central America, to further understand the health risks of sugarcane workers and improve prevention efforts.
Read the story in CU Anschutz Today.

Photo credits: Amanda Walker (first and second image), Pantaleon (third image)​​​​​​​​​​​

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