People, Place and Health: A Sociospatial Perspective of Agricultural Workers and their Environment

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This project employs a mixed-method, place-based approach to study agricultural worker health issues related to pesticide use in rural California. Sociospatial analysis considers space, place and social indicators in a holistic and integrated fashion (Steinberg and Steinberg 2008). This project utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) to effectively integrate environmental and social data related to farmworker health and pesticide use.

We focus on environmental and social issues for farmworkers in the three communities in both Monterey and Tulare counties. Using this visual approach for communication and portrayal of data proves to be effective across both language and literacy barriers.

This report contains sociospatial data, consisting of both maps and interview data integrated to tell the stories of farmworkers, their communities and pesticide drift. The project also incorporated extensive environmental mapping of pesticide use and application rates within the study region with associated qualitative data relating to farmworker health.

By Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, PhD and Steven J. Steinberg, PhD

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