El Proyecto Bienestar (or, Well Being Project), is a long standing community health intervention effort guided by a Yakima Valley community advisory board and a partnership of: The University of Washington; Northwest Communities Education Center/Radio KDNA; Heritage University; Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
Our current Proyecto Bienestar projects include:
Home Air in Agriculture - Pediatric Intervention (HAPI) Trial (NIEHS 2014-2019)
This study is addressing three highly underdeveloped components of asthma and environmental research - the health of children with asthma living in communities with industrial scale agricultural operations, asthma in a particularly vulnerable subpopulation (Latino farm worker children), and evidence based intervention strategies within these populations. HAPI aims to reduce child exposure to inflammatory agents and allergens in the home through the use of high efficiency particulate air cleaners and a home-based education program.
Health & Safety of Women Ag Workers (MAAF 20013-2014)
El Proyecto Bienestar is addressing sexual harassment of women working in agriculture. EPB, along with a community advisory board, is assessing the extent and interrelationship between sexual harassment and worker health. We will then develop, deliver and evaluate an educational program for the Yakima Valley ag industry.
Our past Proyecto Bienestar projects include:
Aggravating Factors of Asthma in a Rural Environment (NIH&CDC 2009-2013)
This community-based project characterizes ambient triggers of asthma in the rural setting by following 50 asthmatic children - mapping and evaluating their asthma episodes and comparing these to measured contaminants in the air.
ConneX Program and UW Summer Extension Course (HRSA/Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic 2011-2013)
Since 2003, PNASH has led a summer environmental education course in Yakima, WA with university credit for ConneX program students. ConneX is an education outreach program at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic with the aim to create a competitive pool of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health professions.