Virtual Outreach: Using Social Media to Reach Spanish-speaking Agricultural Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Athena K. Ramos, Ellen Duysen, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Natalia Trinidad

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Abstract

Face-to-face outreach and in-person training have traditionally been key strategies in reaching agricultural producers, workers, and communities with safety and health information, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced outreach educators to be creative and find alternative ways to reach, communicate, and share such information. In this commentary, we describe our use of social media to reach Latino/a cattle feedyard workers with COVID-19 related information. As a result of our effort, we reached over 54,000 people and demonstrated there is an audience for Spanish-language agricultural safety and health information. Social media can be a cost-effective method for virtual outreach in this new normal. We should look at this time as an opportunity to learn more about how our stakeholders obtain information and about how best we can connect with them. Although our outreach methods may be changing, our goal is not–we will continue to work to improve the safety and health of those who work in agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • agricultural workers
  • cattle feedyard
  • feedlot
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • outreach
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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