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WCAHS Has a New Four Year Research Project

November 27, 2017
Helping Dairy Workers Reduce Their Exposure to Infectious Disease

We received exciting news this fall that an additional research project, “Reducing occupational exposure to zoonotic pathogens in California dairy farmworkers,” has been awarded funding from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, increasing the number of primary WCAHS research projects to five.

WCAHS Small Grant Recipient Receives Distinguished Award

August 29, 2017
WCAHS small grant recipient Seth Holmes, PhD, MD, was recently named a William T Grant Scholar. With this prestigious award, he will receive explore the experiences of second‐generation indigenous Mexican farmworker youth.

Protecting Dairy Workers from Infectious Disease

May 22, 2017

By Anthony Kalife

California is the number one milk producing state in the US, producing 19% of the nation’s milk. The California Department of Food and Agriculture reports that California has more than 1,300 dairy farming families, with over 1.75 million milk cows.

WCAHS Education and Outreach Expands

May 19, 2017

WCAHS Education and Outreach received a five-fold increase in funding with the 2016-2021 grant renewal and is putting these new resources to good use.  From October 2016 to April 2017, over 650 individuals were reached through WCAHS related educational events.  Audiences included farmers, farmworkers, farm labor contractors, extension staff, promotores, academics, policy makers, non-profit organizations, and the general public.  

Spanish Researcher Alvaro Medel-Herrero joins WCAHS

February 22, 2017

By Anthony Kalife

WCAHS welcomes Alvaro Medel-Herrero to its team of investigators. In a recent interview with Anthony Kalife, WCAHS’ fall writing intern, Alvaro spoke about his research and working at UC Davis.

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WCAHS Participates in Knights Landing Health Fair

February 10, 2017

By Janine-Jeth Cortez

Located approximately 25 miles northwest of Sacramento, Knights Landing is home to a large Hispanic/Latino population that works in agriculture. This past October, WCAHS participated in a community health fair held at the Knights Landing United Methodist church. Many different organizations, including WCAHS, set up tents and booths in the church courtyard to provide free health and safety information as well as basic health screenings.

Students Study Effects of Ag Particulate Matter Exposure

October 31, 2016
This issue highlights three students who have worked with WCAHS Associate Director, Dr. Kent Pinkerton, to better understand how exposure to California agricultural particulate matter contributes to allergic airway inflammation.


Simmons Studies Alternative to Soil Fumigation

October 31, 2016


WCAHS welcomes new investigator Dr. Christopher Simmons to the research team. Simmons, an Assistant Professor in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, will be conducting a study on biosolarization as an alternative technology to soil fumigation. Soil fumigants are used to kill nematodes, weeds, bacteria, fungi, and insects that damage crops. Here, he talks about his research.


Why are alternatives to soil fumigants needed?

Migration and Agricultural Health and Safety in a Global Context

October 31, 2016
WCAHS Director Marc Schenker to hold Conference on Migrant Labor and Global Health at UC Davis in March 2017

Agricultural health and safety will be featured at the upcoming Migrant Labor and Global Health (MLGH) Conference to be held at UC Davis March 2-3, 2017. Often referred to as a “megatrend” of our time, global migration is a phenomenon that involves over 244 million people worldwide, most of whom move in search of work and wellbeing. In the US along, 80 million people are first or second generation immigrants.

WCAHS Funding Successfully Renewed for 25th Year of Service

October 31, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) just received a $10 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


Agriculture still remains one of the most hazardous industries in the US based on occupational fatality rates. Agriculture is also the largest industry in California and employs up to one million farm workers, primarily Latino immigrants who are a vulnerable population.