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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: 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

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.

Climate Change an Occupational Risk for Outdoor Workers

September 20, 2017

Climate change is presenting major occupational challenges, especially to those who work outside in extreme weather. Just think of the emergency personnel bravely responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, not to mention those who work outside regularly, such as landscapers and farmworkers.

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.

Valley Fever Awareness: Outdoor Workers at Risk

July 26, 2017
People who work outdoors in California’s Central Valley, especially workers who dig or disturb soil, like agricultural workers, are at risk for Valley Fever.