We are implementing an evidence-based policy initiative to improve the health outcomes of child farmworkers in Illinois. With a focus on occupational exposures, our team will combine a rapid literature review and complex systems research into policy action.
The 2014 Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey estimates that over 700,000 child farmworkers work on farms in the United States (CAIPI, 2014). About 33 children are injured in agriculture-related incidents every day, and one child dies from such incidents every three days (Perritt et al, 2017). The true incidence of occupational injuries in agriculture is likely underestimated, as 8 of 10 injuries are unreported (Leigh et al, 2014).
Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative (2014). Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS) Results. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/childag/cais/demotables.html
Perritt, K.R, Hendricks, K & Goldcamp, E. (2017). Young worker injury deaths: a historical summary of surveillance and investigative findings. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2017-168/pdfs/2017-168.pdf
Leigh, J. P., Du, J., & McCurdy, S. A. (2014). An estimate of the U.S. government’s undercount of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in agriculture. Annals of epidemiology, 24(4), 254–259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.01.006