Farmworker Health and Safety

How Depression Impacts Efforts to Address Obesity Among Farmworkers

August 10, 2018

Biological, lifestyle, and environmental factors all affect obesity, both in the general population and among farmworkers. However, less is known about the relationship between mental illness, such as depression, and obesity in the agricultural workforce. A recent study by investigators at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) sheds light on this gap in research and suggests that depression may reduce the effectiveness of workplace weight-loss programs. 

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.

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

Fall 2017 Newsletter

November 28, 2017
In this issue... new dairy project funded, Farmers Veteran Coalition, Outreach in Mexico, WCAHS administration team complete, two awards for the California Heat Illness Prevention Study

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

November 16, 2017

By Emily Walsh, Director of Community Outreach & Mesothelioma Cancer Expert

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.

Wildfire smoke and pesticides – a dangerous mixture?

October 09, 2017

Wildfire smoke filled the air across much of the West this summer. That was certainly the case in Davis where researchers are studying the potential health risks of wildfire smoke. This risk may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires.