NFSHW23: Strategies to Increase Access to Mental Health Services in Farm Worker Communities in Post-COVID Era
Recorded On: 09/20/2023
Summary: Farm workers experience high rates of mental health and substance use problems due to numerous risk factors. Barriers for mental health services prevent most farm workers from accessing culturally appropriate care. COVID highlighted the increased need for mental health support and services in farm worker populations. Farm Workers experienced additional stress and did not receive any additional support. AgrAbility project which focuses on providing support and advocacy for agricultural workers and farmers with disabilities began exploring how to increase access to mental health care for farm workers. This webinar will highlight the impact of mental health on farm workers and explore lessons learned, community response, and resources developed.
Intended Audience: Agricultural health and safety researchers, extension staff, healthcare professionals, and agricultural producers
Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to…
- Increase understanding about mental health and stress issues in farm worker populations and the impact of COVID
- Increase skills for engaging farm workers in dialogue about mental health and stress
- Increase understanding of alternative ideas to bringing mental health support to farm worker populations
Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, LCSW
Latino Farm Worker Outreach Coordinator - Founder/Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault
Kimber J. Nicoletti-Martinez, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Latino Farm Worker Outreach Coordinator for both the National and Indiana AgrAbility projects, and is the Founder/Director of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University. Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez has been an advocate for Latino immigrant and farm worker communities for more than 25 years. Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez was named National Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2018 and awarded the 2017 Indiana Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers-Indiana Chapter. She was the recipient of 2021 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by the Multiplying Good Foundation. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana.