Iglesias-Rios and Handal find essential farm workers face critical challenges during COVID-19

June 11, 2020

The Michigan Farmworker Project conducted by Michigan Public Health researchers found that farmworkers (migrant, seasonal, and H-2A)-considered “essential workers” – face challenging working and living conditions that are critical to address during the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to limit COVID-19 risks in this population require an evidence-based, multifactorial approach that involves workers, employees, and stake-holders. In a policy brief, the researchers recommend that enforcement actions be taken to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protection and mitigation guidelines instead of reliance on self-compliance.