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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: 8th Annual National Hmong American Farmers Conference

October 04, 2017

WCAHS attended the National Hmong American Farmers’ 8th Annual National Farm Conference on August 29, 2017 in Fresno, CA. This year’s conference embraced the diverse and multi-ethnic farming community and focused on “New Generation, Immigrant and Veteran Farmers.” Hmong, Lao, African American and Latino farmers joined together to share their successes and struggles as small and veteran farmers and farmworkers of the United States.

A 20 Year Update for Farm Safety Youth Guidelines

August 16, 2017
New guidelines are available based on the latest scientific research, including child growth and development, agricultural practices, child injury prevention, and agricultural safety.

How Healthy is Your California Neighborhood?

May 18, 2016

You can easily find out using CalEnviroScreen, an online environmental health screening tool that scores each of the state’s 8000 census tracks for pollution burden and population characteristics.

WCAHS Celebrates California Ag Day 2016

April 29, 2016

WCAHS celebrated California Ag Day 2016 at the State Capitol on March 16th. California Ag Day is an annual event that celebrates the amazing diversity and productivity of California agriculture and the people who work in it. 

Life of a WCAHS Student Researcher: Heat Illness Study

September 04, 2014

Note: Eddie and his co-workers have been working throughout the summer season on CA farms to better understand how to prevent heat illness associated with farm work. Data collected includes the internal temperature of participants as they work, how much water they drink, and on-site weather conditions.

Small Changes Can Make Big Impact with Ladders

August 22, 2014

If you ever had an ergonomic review of your workspace, you know that small changes, such as moving your chair up an inch or tilting your monitor a few degrees, can make a big difference in reducing muscle aches and pains.

The same is true in agriculture where repetitive movement (e.g., going up and down ladders) can become incredibly tiring, potentially leaving a worker open to various types of injury. Staying healthy and strong is especially important for farmworkers who look forward to harvesting multiple crops through the season.