A human rights-based approach to farmworker health: An overarching framework to address the social determinants of health

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Abstract

Migrant and seasonal workers have a right to the highest attainable standard of health. Unfortunately, these farmworkers face a multitude of challenges. They are employed in one of the most dangerous industries and face serious occupational health risks, while positioned at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They often lack formal education and training, English language proficiency, legal status, access to information, and equitable opportunities to health and healthcare. This article will explore the international human rights conventions that support farmworkers’ right to health and healthcare in the United States. International human rights may provide a valuable legal framework that could be used to advocate on behalf of farmworkers and address the social determinants of health. Therefore, a Human Rights-Based Approach to Farmworker health will be presented along with recommendations for how to advance health and access to healthcare among this population. Fostering the health and well-being of migrant and seasonal farmworkers is critical to advancing equity, social justice, and maintaining the workforce required to meet production needs and safeguard the economic competitiveness of the industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 26 2017

Keywords

  • HRBA
  • Health disparities
  • Healthcare access
  • International human rights
  • Right to health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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