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It's so hot and it’s dangerous! The role of community health workers in preventing heat-related illness

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It's so hot and it’s dangerous! The role of community health workers in preventing heat-related illness
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Sofia is a farmworker from Homestead, Florida where she works in a nursey helping to grow shrubs, bushes, and other ornamental plants. One day Sofia was working in 90-degree heat when her vision suddenly blurred. She started to vomit and could no longer stand. She recovered but it happened again that same week.  She recovered again. Each year hundreds of workers like Sofia suffer from heat-related illness and over 30 workers per year die from heat exposure.

As the temperatures rise and summer heats up, heat-related illness is an important workplace hazard to address. Although outdoor workers in agriculture and construction are at increased risk of heat-related illness, the problem affects all workers exposed to heat including postal workers, delivery drivers and those working in settings without adequate climate control.

This workshop will help community health care workers recognize the signs and symptoms related to heat-related illnesses and ways to prevent it. It will also review strategies and resources to help educate workers about heat-related Worker rights and responsibilities.


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Chief Program Officer, Workers, Environment and Climate

Migrant Clinicians Network

Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA (she/her) has devoted her career to improving the safety and health of disenfranchised populations. She joined Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) in 1999 and currently serves as the Chief Program Officer: Workers, Environment and Climate. With MCN she has established nationally recognized initiatives to improve the health and safety of immigrant workers and their families. She oversees programs ranging from integrating occupational and environmental medicine into primary care to designing worker safety interventions. She is a national leader in addressing worker safety and environmental justice through the community health worker (CHW) model. She has been a strong advocate for worker health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading programs to improve access to care and culturally contextual education for migrants and immigrants. Prior to her current position, she directed numerous environmental health and justice projects along the US-Mexico Border including an award-winning, community-based hygiene education program that reached thousands of families living without water and sewerage services. She has spearheaded policy efforts within the American Public Health Association to support the protection of agricultural workers and served on the federal advisory committee to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. Her programs have won several awards including the 2008 EPA Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award and the 2015 National Safety Council Research Collaboration Award. In 2011, Liebman received the Lorin Kerr Award, an APHA/Occupational Health and Safety Section honor recognizing public health professionals for their dedication and sustained efforts to improve the lives of workers. She is a past Chair of APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety. Liebman has been the principal investigator and project manager of numerous government and privately sponsored projects. She has authored articles, bilingual training manuals and other educational materials dealing with environmental and occupational health and migrants. Liebman has a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Liebman has traveled throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, and Europe. She is an avid soccer fan and loves to spend time with her husband and two sons. Together they spend a lot of time outdoors.

Leslie Rodriguez, JD
Leslie Rodriguez, JD

Leslie Rodriguez, JD, is the Bilingual Program Manager at Migrant Clinicians Network. In this role, she has had the honor of working to improve the health and safety of immigrants, farm workers, and their families. She also helps in projects that use supports health workers and helps build the capacity of community organizations that serve immigrant workers and other vulnerable populations.

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