The Michigan Farmworker Project
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.
- The Michigan Farmworker Project Policy Brief (PDF)
- The Michigan Farmworker Project Policy Brief - Schematic Summary (PDF)
- Detroit Free Press: In one Michigan county, almost half the COVID-19 cases are tied to farm outbreaks
- Essential but Expendable? Protecting Farmworkers During COVID-19
- AJPH: "Essential" but Expendable: Farmworkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic