Study Takes Closer Look at Health Issues Facing Hispanic Farm Workers
UC-Davis researchers are interviewing Hispanic farm workers in the Central Valley as part of a research project aimed at examining agricultural workers' health, occupational conditions and adjustment to life in the U.S., the Fresno Bee reports.
As part of the study -- called Mexican Immigration to California: Agricultural Safety to Acculturation, or MICASA -- researchers also are conducting education sessions on diabetes, breast cancer and other health conditions.
Maria Stoecklin-Marois, a UC-Davis staff research associate, said the study will focus on occupational risks, respiratory health and potential for injuries. She said the study also would consider diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Stoecklin-Marois said that analysis of data from the study has not been completed and that findings are not ready for publication.
The study is being funded by the California Endowment and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Jimenez, Fresno Bee, 8/11).