Health policy and program development, research, and evaluation

We have to get serious about protecting California farmworkers during COVID-19

See a recent op/ed in Cal Matters on how stricter enforcement of COVID-19 protections will save lives of vulnerable farmworkers. Also, see articles in Salinas Californian, San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Cal Matters.

SLO County UndocuSupport

Our new program provides assistance to immigrant families who were excluded from federal COVID-19 relief. Our efforts have garnered over $200,000 to support San Luis Obispo County immigrant families.

See the articles in New Times, San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Atascadero News. Please donate by going to SLO County UndocuSupport web page

San Luis Obispo County Oral Health Needs Assessment and Oral Health Improvement Plan, December 2018

40 Prado Residential Withdrawal Management (Detox) Unit

In the News
KVEC Dave Congalton Hometown Radio February 13, 2019 (Part 2). Local radio call-in show on ACA and health care. Click here for podcast.

KCBX Central Coast Voices February 7, 2019 show on oral health in San Luis Obispo County. Click here to listen.

New York Times Reports on Poverty and Malnutrition of California Farmworkers:

“The people who grow our food can’t afford to eat it, and they are sicker because of it,” said Joel Diringer, a public health specialist and advocate for farmworkers. “It’s an incredible irony that those who work in the fields all day long don’t have access to the fresh produce that they harvest.” Read the full article here.

UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety blog post features are recent talk by Joel Diringer on the future of health coverage for California farmworkers. A copy of the slides can be accessed here