PNASH Research Projects

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Our projects are multidisciplinary and respond to a variety of needs, from health care and monitoring to safety engineering and training.

Projects are competitively reviewed and funded. Topics we propose:

  • Address hazards that are the most serious, affect the greatest number of workers, and where that research will make a difference.
  • Meet the needs of Northwest employers, workers, and service providers. We have established a process that engages constituencies from agricultural, health, and safety to help us establish research priorities.

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PNASH Research Priorities

PNASH Center priorities are established from regional needs assessments from data review and stakeholder advisories, and guided by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing.

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Stressors of balancing concern of ambient exposures to farmworker parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

PNASH Pilot Project 2021-2022 | Savannah D'Evelyn

The severity of the 2020 wildfire season amplified stressors that farmworker families in the Pacific Northwest face as they balance childcare, work, and personal wellbeing.

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Characterizing determinants of stress, fatigue, and injury risk in log truck drivers

PNASH Pilot Project 2021-2022 | Marissa Baker and June Spector

Log truck drivers represent a high risk and understudied population. The nature of their work scheduling (i.e. shift-work) and job demands increase the likelihood of fatigue and stress in this population

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Pesticide Exposures and Risk Perceptions among Male and Female Latinx Farmers in Idaho

PNASH Pilot Project 2021-2022 | Carly Hyland

Previous studies have documented high levels of pesticide exposure among Latinx farmworkers, however investigations to date have focused almost exclusively on men, despite female farmworkers representing

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Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Pesticide Drift

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Richard Fenske, Ph.D, MPH and Edward Kasner, Ph.D, MPH

Pesticide drift is a long-standing issue in the Pacific Northwest, especially for the tree fruit industry and workforce. This project aims to understand the mechanisms of pesticide drift exposure among

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Commercial fishing fatalities among Alaska Native fishermen

PNASH Pilot Project 2021-2022 | Jerry Dzugan and Leann Fay

Fatality rates of the commercial fishing industry are among the highest of all occupational areas worldwide. Though Alaska commercial fishing fatalities from falling overboard are on the decline,

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The Healthy Dairy Worker Study

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

This study is characterizing dairy worker exposure to microbes and allergens common in dairies, which will provide a better understanding of whether these exposures provide immune benefits or an increased

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Community Health Interventions with Yakima Ag Workers "El Proyecto Bienestar"

Various funding sources 2009-2021 |

El Proyecto Bienestar (EPB) or, Well Being Project, is a long-standing community health intervention effort guided by a Yakima Valley community advisory board.

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A Multi-Level Approach to Heat Related Illness Prevention in Agricultural Workers

NIOSH 2016-2022 | June Spector, MD, MPH

This study works in collaboration with Washington state growers and workers, farmworker housing partners, and Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet. This participatory intervention project introduces

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Washington State Dairy Safety Network

WA SHIP 2019-2022 | Elena Austin, DSc, MS

The Dairy Safety Network project brings bilingual and bicultural safety materials and training opportunities to Northwest dairy owners and managers.

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