National Center for Farmworker Health

Let's Talk About Arthritis

Did you know that arthritis is a growing problem among migrant and seasonal farmworkers? In fact, the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MARRTC) has estimated that 1 to 1.7 million migrant and seasonal farmworkers are affected by arthritis. Farm work is a physically demanding job that places a lot of stress on the joints and this can lead to pain in the back, neck, and wrists and potentially arthritis. In response to this growing problem and to help farmworkers prevent arthritis and cope with joint pain.

The NCFH and MARRTC have recently developed the "Let's Talk About Arthritis", (Hablemos Sobre Artritis) a prevention and self management program on arthritis specifically created for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The training program is designed to be implemented by lay health workers (promotores de salud).

This 2 day training curriculum provides lay health workers with the most relevant topics on arthritis. The following are the lessons included in this curriculum:

Lesson 1:     Introduction to the Program

Lesson 2:      Understanding the Farmworker Culture and Its Impact on Arthritis Education

Lesson 3:      Introduction to Arthritis

Lesson 4:     Osteoarthritis

Lesson 5:     Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lesson 6:      Arthritis Prevention and Control

Lesson 7:      Teaching Strategies in Practice

Lesson 8:      Accessing Arthritis Resources 


To view a sample lesson from the curriculum click here:



The complete program includes the Let’s Talk about Arthritis Training Curriculum and CD.  The CD contains all training resources such as the Power Point Presentation, activity sheets, participant handouts and other optional materials for Lay Health Workers to use in their educational sessions.  Also, available is a teaching flipchart to be used by the lay health workers to deliver one-on-on or group educational sessions. Order your full set today!


Training opportunities are available to interested organizations.  For more information regarding “Hablemos Sobre Artritis”, please contact Monica Fossi by email at: