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Wildfire Safety Tips

July 09, 2018

No matter where you are in California, it is likely you will experience smoke from wildfires this summer. Smoke contains fine particles that can harm health.

The young, elderly, and those with asthma or heart or lung conditions are at greatest risk. Symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

Tidbits from Trainings: How To Know You're Well Hydrated

May 17, 2018

During our heat illness prevention trainings one thing we always emphasize is the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated, especially for outdoor workers. Our body is made up of 70% water, and it uses water for every function: for our brain to work/think properly, to extract the energy from the food we eat, and  to discard what we do not need, etc. This is why staying hydrated is so important for our health and to keep our body functioning properly. Here are our suggestions on how much water you should be drinking and two simple ways to know if you are drinking enough. 

Stories from the Field: WCAHS Attends a Conference for Farmworker Women

March 20, 2018

Many of us are familiar with the story of Cesar Chavez and how he and other farmworkers organized themselves to fight for farmworker rights. Although much progress has been made, many farmworkers continue to work long hours in unsafe conditions and with low pay. Because of this, community leaders still play an essential role in improving the lives of farmworkers.

The Annual Farmworker Women’s Conference Combines Advocacy with Tradition

Stories from the Field: 5th Annual Promotores Conference Takes Place in Yolo, California

February 22, 2018

For the past four years, representatives from different organizations located in Yolo County have come together to organize an Annual Promotores Conference. This event is always free and conducted in Spanish, and it is open to anyone interested in learning about community issues such as labor rights, child development, health and wellbeing, domestic violence and others based on what participants are interested in.

Stories from the Field: WCAHS attends the 22nd Annual Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition Conference

January 10, 2018

On September 26th - 28th, the WCAHS Outreach Team attended the 22nd Annual Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition (AIFC) Conference held in Yuma, Arizona. WCAHS not only covers California, but also Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii, so it was a great opportunity to learn more about what other states are doing for farmworkers and their families.

Stories From the Field: Community Health Fair at Knights Landing One Health Center

November 28, 2017

Knights Landing, CA is a small rural community populated predominantly by Latino farmworkers whose work involves many health and safety risks. A challenge for many workers and their families is that the nearest medical facility is 13 miles away.

While that distance might not seem far, it can be a real struggle for many community members to get there because of work constraints and limited transportation options.

Student run Knights Landing One Health Center

Del Bosque Family Farm Passes on Culture of Health and Safety to Employees and Younger Generation

November 17, 2017
Stories From the Field

During my time here at WCAHS, I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of California and share what I have learned about agricultural health and safety with farmworkers. Recently, I accompanied Teresa Andrews, WCAHS’ Education and Outreach Specialist, on a tailgate training she conducted at Del Bosque Farms, Inc., in Firebaugh, CA.

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

November 16, 2017

Agricultural workers face numerous airborne threats every day. Air pollutant emissions, soil fumigants, pesticides, mold, asbestos, and dust are a few of the potential lung health hazards that an agricultural worker can come into contact through work.