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Sexual Harassment in Napa Vineyards

February 15, 2019

Nearly a third of female workers reported experiencing offensive comments, jokes, and gestures in their current employment in a study partially funded by the small grant program at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. UC Cooperative Extension Advisor Dr. Monica Cooper, Emanuelle Klachky, and colleagues examined the relationship between incidence of sexual harassment, work team factors that facilitate sexual harassment, and the consequences for vineyard workers.

Schenker named ‘Leader in Field’ of Agromedicine

January 22, 2019

The Journal of Agromedicine has named Marc Schenker its “Leader in the Field” for 2019.

Schenker, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has more than 35 years of experience in medicine and public health research, teaching and public service. A physician, he investigates causes of illness and injury among agricultural workers, such as dusts, pesticides and heat.

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. 

WCAHS Funds Seven Summer Projects as Part of a Short-Term Funding Cycle

July 19, 2018

This summer, seven agricultural health and safety projects will be carried out around the Western Region with funding from the Wester Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS). In March, WCAHS offered short-term funding through grants of up to $7,500 for research and outreach projects that address agricultural health and safety issues in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada.

WCAHS Offers Sexual Harassment Prevention Training to Agricultural Employers

February 20, 2018

All workers should feel comfortable and safe in their workplaces.  Unfortunately, sexual harassment at work is a common occurrence, and aside from the harm it can do to individuals, it can also have damaging effects on productivity and morale within the organization. This is the topic addressed by a new Sexual Harassment and Prevention training offered by WCAHS.

WCAHS Fall Symposium

February 20, 2018

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety met on October 26th at the UC Davis International Center for their Fall Symposium. The symposium’s theme of diverse approaches to agricultural health and safety was explored through research presentations, posters, and breakout sessions. The goal of the symposium was to bring together multidisciplinary research within the center, to obtain feedback, and to provide opportunities for networking and discussion.

WCAHS Funds Innovative Small Grants Ranging from Cannabis Production Hazards to Community Water Quality

February 20, 2018

New research is taking place at WCAHS, thanks to its Small Grant Program, which provides funds to graduate students and faculty members from around the region to carry out projects related to agricultural health and safety. An annual call for proposals is released each year. The 2017-2018 cycle closed in July with a total of 13 submissions, resulting in six proposals that were funded after a thorough external review process.

The Secret Life Of California's World-Class Strawberries

February 14, 2018
NPR's The Salt Discusses the Importance of Strawberry Production in California. 

May is the month we see strawberries explode in the market. Those traditional harvest time festivals make us think our strawberries are mostly grown on the farm just down the road.

But in fact, one state — California — supplies 80 percent of America's strawberries, and the percentage is growing. Read the full article

Valley Fever Outbreaks More Widespread than Previously Thought

February 14, 2018
A new study in Emerging Infectious Diseases shows new outbreaks of valley fever

Outbreaks of coccidioidomycosis, known as valley fever, have reached beyond areas in which it was previously considered endemic, and most stem from the environment, according to researchers.