Asian Migrant Farm Workersâ€™ Health Promotion Project Romyen Tangsubuttra, Research Project Coordinator
Community Based Research
ince 2009, ACAS provided Asian Migrant Farm Workersâ€™ Health Promotion Project to promote HIV/STIs/Hepatitis C prevention services to Asian migrant farm workers from Thailand and the Philippines. In the last three years, relayed information gathered by ACAS outreach workers suggested increased vulnerability to the risk of HIV/STI/Hepatitis C infection among the Thai and Filipino workers employed in the agricultural
sector. The information gathered by ACAS and the research evidence from the US point to an urgency to conduct research in Ontario to assess and identify contributing factors to HIV vulnerability of AMFWs. Guided by the principles of community empowerment and capacity building, the study will investigate individual and structural determinants that put AMFWs in Ontario at risk of contracting HIV and other STIs. Activities will include
a cross-sectional survey and followup focus groups to explore AMFWs vulnerability to HIV/STIs, barriers to accessing HIV/STI prevention, and protective factors that reduce HIV risks. Knowledge gained from this study will be used to inform policy and HIV prevention practice through meaningful engagement of Asian migrant farm workers, community stakeholders, and policy makers in knowledge translation and exchange.
Funding by Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)
Asian Community AIDS Services 2011 Annual Report