MEMBER PROJECTS


North Carolina Agromedicine Institute promotes collaborative interdisciplinary research that identifies and addresses rural population health and safety risks through ecological, epidemiological, and surveillance methods. Partnerships across professions, institutions and among communities are essential to ethical research integrity in agromedicine. Community-campus partnerships in research strengthens the integration and translation of research into population health interventions to improve the well-being of human, animal, and environmental factors farmers, foresters, fishers, their families and communities.

The Institute recognizes the civic and cultural context of research as a means to move towards policy influences rural population health and safety. Thus, research outcomes should influence factors for improving behavioral and operational factors for farmers, fishermen, foresters, their families and communities over time, in different settings, and at various levels through community empowerment to elevate rural ecological health. To learn more about the Institute’s research agenda and partners, contact us or our Institute Members.

Current Member Projects


Agricultural Safety and Health Training for Public Health Professionals and Health Care

Principal Investigator: Robin Tutor Marcom, EdD, MPH, OTR
NC Agromedicine Institute
Project Period: 2016-2021
Sponsor: Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention –University of Kentucky

Project Abstract: The objective of this project is to further expand the capacity that has already been developed by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funded projects to train even more professionals in the field of agricultural health and safety in the Southeast. We propose three Specific Aims to build this capacity:

This project is being conducted as a part of a larger project under the direction of Dr. Wayne Sanderson at the University of Kentucky’s Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention.

Project Sheets:    Agricultural Safety and Health Training for Public Health Professionals and Health

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How Do Farm Wives or Female Operators Maintain and Promote Their Family Health and What Challenges Do They Face?

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Ann Rose
College of Nursing, ECU
Project Period: 2017-2019
Sponsor: N/A

Project Abstract: Literature suggests that farm women and their families face social isolation, limited access to healthcare and also lack of health insurance. With the more recent advent of social media, increased use of nurse practitioners for primary care and the passage of the Affordable Care Act which mandates health insurance, this situation may have changed. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore how farm women define health and what opportunities and challenges they face in promoting a healthy lifestyle for their families. Farm women, either operators or farm wives are being interviewed currently to gather information on their perceptions regarding their family health. The data are being collected and once data saturation is reached the data will be analyzed using Colaizzi’s method of analysis for phenomenological studies.

Project Sheets:    How Do Farm Wives or Female Operators Maintain and Promote Their Family Health and What Challenges Do They Face?

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COMPLETED MEMBER PROJECTS


Engaging Outreach Workers in the Development of a Farmworker Research Agenda

Principal Investigator: Catherine LePrevost, PhD
North Carolina State University
Project Period: October 2015-Present
Sponsor: NCSU Center for Human Health and the Environment, NCSU Agromedicine

Project Abstract: Purpose: While outreach workers have extensive interactions with farmworkers around health-related issues, outreach workers do not have a mechanism to communicate those concerns to a research community who might be able to systematically study contributing factors and possible solutions. Likewise, those in the academic community are frequently basing research questions on gaps in the literature without community prioritization of needs. The purpose of this research is to bridge the gap between these two communities with unique expertise and to support emerging collaborations.

Participants: Outreach workers providing health services to farmworkers across the state of North Carolina.

Procedures (methods): This study consists of a focus group and a follow survey of outreach workers providing health services to farmworkers across the state of North Carolina. The results of the study will be analyzed to produce a farmworker health research agenda. The ultimate goal of this effort is collaboration among farmworkers, outreach workers, and researchers to address health issues central to the farmworker community.

Project Sheets:    Engaging Outreach Workers in the Development of a Farmworker Research Agenda

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