Practical Solutions for Heat-Related Illness Prevention for Agriculture (April 7, 2021)
Summary: Agricultural workers are at high risk of heat-related illness and recent field studies point to specific risk factors and solutions. This webinar is intended to prepare agricultural safety and health professionals for the upcoming summer season. We will share practical and evidence-based solutions for the prevention of heat-related illness in the agricultural work environment.
Objectives: By the end of this presentation participants will be able to...
- Describe risk factors for heat-related illness
- Describe solutions for the prevention of heat-related illness that can be implemented in agricultural work environments
- Locate bilingual training and prevention resources
Intended Audience: Agricultural farmers, ranchers, supervisors, farmworkers, farmworker organizations, health and safety professionals, trainers, promotores, rural healthcare providers, extension agents, and others who work in agriculture.
Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012345 with the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Gibson D. Lewis Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.
Roxana Chicas, PhD, RN,
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Renal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University
Dr. Chicas is a bilingual and bicultural clinical scientist and a registered nurse with experience in occupational and environmental health, and nephrology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University. Her doctoral research focused on pilot testing cooling strategies in collaboration with agricultural workers. In the future, she hopes to continue to work to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable Latinx communities, particularly agricultural workers.
June T. Spector, MD, MPH
Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington and Assistant Chair for Occupational Medicine Partnerships in DEOHS
Dr. Spector is a physician-scientist with a focus on the prevention and management of adverse health outcomes related to heat exposure and other climate-related hazards in working populations. She has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 2012 and holds appointments in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and Medicine (General Internal Medicine). She is the Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington and Assistant Chair for Occupational Medicine Partnerships in DEOHS.