Farmworkers ensure the continuity of the nation’s food supply and are essential workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Latinos, including those in farmworker communities, have accounted for a disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases.
On December 1, 2020, the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health will disseminate the first major study looking at the burden of COVID-19 among California farmworkers.
UC Berkeley epidemiologists Ana María Mora, M.D., Ph.D., Joseph Lewnard, Ph.D., and Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D., along with CEO of Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas Maximiliano Cuevas M.D., surveyed and tested over 1000 farmworkers — 95% of whom were Latino — in California’s Monterey County, determining COVID-19 infection rates and risk factors for this population, as well as the impact of the pandemic on their lives.
On December 2, Berkeley Conversations will feature a discussion between the study’s researchers, discussing their research and how we can safeguard the health of this vulnerable population.
Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D. | Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH)
Joseph Lewnard, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Ana María Mora, M.D., Ph.D. | Assistant Researcher at CERCH at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and an Associate Professor at the Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET) at the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica
Maximiliano Cuevas, M.D. | Obstetrician gynecologist and CEO of Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS)
Nicholas P. Jewell, Ph.D. | Professor of Biostatistics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Co-Sponsored by the Innovative Genomics Institute, the Berkeley Food Institute, and the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health
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