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A Full House at WCAHS

November 28, 2017

Two vacant WCAHS administration positions were filled this fall with Fadi Fathallah, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Associate Director and Christopher Simmons, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Director of Research.

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of agricultural health and safety, and we are thrilled to have them on the administrative team.

Congratulations to Our Research Award Winners!

November 28, 2017
Research Paper Award

The California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) received a research paper award at the June 2017 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference held in Logan, Utah.

The study is the first to conduct comprehensive physiological monitoring in Latino farmworkers in the USA and involved a number of WCAHS personnel, including study coordinator Diane Mitchell and WCAHS Founding Director Marc Schenker.

Healing Through Farming: The Farmer Veteran Coalition

November 28, 2017

Finding viable employment and meaningful careers is a challenge for many of today’s veterans returning home. It can be even more difficult if they are struggling with visible or invisible wounds of war, or both.

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.