horses thoroughbred worker health and safety study: salud y seguridad del trabajador equino

striving to make work safe for workers and less costly for farms

The main goal of the Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study, a five-year research study funded by the CDC, is to make work safe for workers on Thoroughbred farms, which should in turn reduce costs for farm owners and managers. In order to reach that goal, this study aims to better understand the circumstances associated with common and uncommon illness and injuries experienced byThoroughbred workers. It will do this by:

1) determining the farm safety and health challenges related to a diverse workforce;
2) identifying strategies that farms have tried or established to address these concerns; and
3) developing and distributing tools and resources, free of charge, that farms can use to enhance worker safety and health.

These aims will be accomplished through the study's three phases.

Phase One: in-depth interviews with farm owners, managers, and/or human resource personnel. 
Phase Two: community-based interviews with Thoroughbred workers.
Phase Three: using information gleaned from the first two phases, health and safety resources will be developed, evaluated, and distributed to owners, managers, and workers on Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky.

The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study is being led by Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and is guided by two advisory councils: a community advisory board comprised of community service and health leaders, and an industry advisory board, comprised of leaders from Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. Members of the advisory boards are recognized below.

The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study is currently in Phase One, meaning that interviews are on-going with farm representatives. For questions about the study, please contact Dr. Swanberg at jswanberg@uky.edu, 859.323.0585, or contact the Project Manager, Jess Miller Clouser, at thoroughbred@uky.edu, 859.323.0587.

thoroughbred industry advisory board members

Laurette Durick
Human Resource Manager
Darley Farms

Susan Fister
Executive Director
Bluegrass Community Health Center

Gina Greathouse
Executive Director of Economic Development
Commerce Lexington

Mary Lee-Butte
Executive Director
Blue Grass Farms Charities

Scott Mallory
President
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club

David Switzer
Executive Director
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders

Isabel Taylor
Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

community advisory board members

Israel Avelar
Outreach Coordinator
Kentucky Migrant Farmworkers with Disabilities
Employment Partnership

Liz Epperson
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bluegrass Community Health Center

Susan Fister
Executive Director
Bluegrass Community Health Center

Victoria Davis
Program Coordinator
Programa de Seguro Médico para los Niños de Kentucky (KCHIP)

Elodie Dickinson
Workforce Development Director
Goodwill Industries

Carlos Knox
Outreach Coordinator/Chaplain
Blue Grass Farms Charities

Rosa Martin
Community Programs Director
North Central Area Health Education Center

Esperanza Rivera
Outreach Coordinator
Kentucky Migrant Farmworkers with Disabilities
Employment Partnership

Don Souleyrette
Program Director
Radio Vida 1440a

Isabel Taylor
Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

Sally Wilcox
Americorps Volunteer
Maxwell Legal Clinic