The WCAHS Outreach Program serves to promote two-way communication between and among WCAHS investigators, with other agricultural health and safety centers, and with the general agricultural population and stakeholders, particularly those in western states. The overall goal of these activities is to promote the development of evidence-based health and safety innovations — facilitated by information-sharing with other investigators and the agricultural community — and the dissemination of findings and best practices into the agricultural community as “end user."
In addition to our quarterly newsletter (AgHealth New, availble in print and electronic format), we have an active listserv and Facebook page; the monthly WCAHS seminars are recorded and made available as podcasts through the WCAHS website. All of these serve to expand the breadth of our reach and nurture partnerships with important stakeholders in the agricultural community, which is key to our success. Partnerships facilitate the flow of information between the researcher and the agricultural community and speed adoption of important findings and best practices.
The WCAHS Outreach Program specific aims are to:
Promote communication among and between WCAHS investigators;
- Promote communication between WCAHS investigators and other agricultural health and safety centers;
- Develop and sustain partnership between WCAHS and key stakeholders in the agricultural community, and promote dissemination of research findings and best practices to that community, including but not limited to farmers, farmworkers, policy makers, local and state representatives, promotores (lay community members trained as leaders and sources of information regarding occupational health), and nonprofit agencies.