Emerging Issues

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The Emerging Issues Program


The Emerging Issues Program provides funds to quickly respond to emerging agricultural health and safety programs in Arizona, California, Nevada or Hawai'i. Examples of such problems include immediate needs related to changing climate, disease, or work practices. The program funds small research projects and surveillance activities as well as needs assessments, interventions, and communications efforts. Activities are expected to be short-term in nature and funding is for one year or less. Activity selection is coordinated by the WCAHS leadership team. The Emerging Issues Program mobilizes academic expertise and engages community advocates to achieve breakthroughs in never or understudied areas of agricultural occupational health.

Do you know of a topic we should be working on? Let us know!

Contact aghealth@ucdavis.edu


Current Emerging Issues Project

Sexual Harassment of Hispanic Women Farmworkers in the Agricultural Workplace

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen McCurdy

This project will evaluate whether Hispanic women farmworkers born outside the US are at increased workplace sexual harassment compared to those who are US born. The project's goal is to develop interventions for employers and employees - women and men - for preventing sexual harassment in the agricultural workplace. The project will assess the scope and character of sexual harassment among women Hispanic farmworkers in the context of demographic and workplace characteristics and develop educational materials to help prevent sexual harassment in the agricultural workplace.