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Using a Total Worker Health/Total Farmer Health Approach to Assessing Ag Worker Wellbeing

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT



Summary: In the San Luis Valley, Colorado
– community leaders have voiced increasing
concern for the behavioral health of workers
in the agriculture industry. Using Total
Worker Health® and Total Farmer Health®
frameworks, we developed an interactive
worker wellbeing assessment. Approximately
118 participants responded to our survey
with a completion rate adequate for analysis.
This presentation will describe worker wellbeing
through measures of job satisfaction,
coworker support, work affect, work fatigue,
overall health status, chronic health
conditions, individual stress, general mental
health status, substance use, work injury,
social support, anxiety, and depression.
Intended Audience: Ag industry leaders, health providers, behavioral health
Objectives: After the training, participants will be able to…
1. Identify sources of stress for agriculture workers in the San Luis Valley,
2. Recognize varying levels of behavioral health risk factors, behaviors, and
3. Evaluate behavioral health through a work-centric lens

Katherine A. James, PhD, MSPH, MS,
Associate Professor, University of Colorado –
Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. James is an epidemiologist specializing in climate
change and human health in the San Luis Valley, CO,
and other areas of the Mountain West. While most of her
work focuses on environmental health systems, her
experience facilitating community-engaged research
positions her well to lead research across several
intersecting fields.