UCGHI Policy Briefing on California's Farm Workers

Agriculture is a major driver of California's economy, worth tens of billions of dollars. Yet, most farm workers are immigrants with low levels of education and socioeconomic status, live in poor housing conditions, and have less access to health care, fewer legal protections, and higher rates of occupational injuries and chronic diseases than workers in other occupations. This briefing will describe the health of California's farm workers and make policy recommendations with the objective of improving health outcomes.


12:10 - 12:20pm
Welcome, Overview of Farmworker Health and Its Importance

Moderator: Gil Ojeda, Director, California Program on Access to Care, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Thomas Coates PhD, Director, UCLA Center for World Health; Co-Director, UC Global Health Institute
Martha Guzman-Aceves, Deputy Secretary, Legislative Affairs, Office of Governor Jerry Brown

12:20 - 12:35pm
White Paper Summary on Farmworker Health
Marc Schenker MD, Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, UC Davis; Co-Director, Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, UC Global Health Institute

12:35 - 12:50pm
Addressing Farmworker Health & Achieving Goals of the White Paper


Christopher Paige, Executive Director, California Human Development (Santa Rosa-Stockton)
Joel Diringer, Joel Diringer and Associates; Past Coordinator, Farmworker Stakeholder Advisory Group (San Luis Obispo)
Yissel Barajas, Chief Human Services Officer, Reiter Affiliated (largest strawberry grower in California)