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United States farmworkers ensure the continuity of the nation’s food supply and have been deemed essential workers in 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 released the first major study to reveal the extent to which farmworkers have been excessively burdened by COVID-19.

The study, led by UC Berkeley epidemiologists Brenda Eskenazi, PhD, Joseph Lewnard, PhD, Ana Maria Mora, MD, PhD, and Maximiliano Cuevas MD surveyed and tested over 1000 farmworkers—95% of whom were Latino— in California’s Monterey County, and determined COVID-19 infection rates and risks for this population as well as the impact of the pandemic on their lives.

On December 2, Berkeley Conversations featured a discussion between the study’s researchers, discussing what their research shows and how we may work to safeguard the health of this vulnerable population.

Moderator: Nicholas P. Jewell, PhD

Nicholas P. Jewell is a Professor of Biostatistics that has received numerous awards and is known for “extraordinary leadership and vision in implementing strategies that enhance the disaster resistance of the University of California, Berkeley, and universities throughout America.”

Featured Speaker: Brenda Eskenazi, PhD, Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Speakers: Joseph Lewnard, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UC Berkeley School of Public HealthAna Maria Mora, MD, PhD, Assistant Researcher at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Maximiliano Cuevas, MD, CEO, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas

This event was sponsored by Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, Innovative Genomics Institute, Berkeley Food Institute

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