PNASH Research Projects

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Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center 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 is guided by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing.


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¡Basta! Prevent Sexual Harassment in Agriculture

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Jody Early

This project was created in response to concerns voiced by farmworker health and social service providers about the occupational health risks of women agricultural workers, as well as increased med

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Smoke Monitoring for Agricultural Safety and Health (SMASH)

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Edward Kasner

The hazard of wildfire smoke exposure continues to increase in the Northwest and presents an important health risk to outdoor workers, including those in agriculture.

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Use of Unexpected Events and Management Requiring Conditions in the Training and Management of Loggers

PNASH Pilot Project 2019-2021 | Lyons

This pilot project is developing a novel system, with a simulated environment, where workers identify potential safety concerns and assign a severity rating to the safety concerns.

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Home Air in Agriculture- Pediatric Intervention (HAPI)

NIEHS 2015-2021 | Principal Investigator: Catherine Karr, MD, PhD

The primary goal of the HAPI project, made possible through El Proyecto Bienestar, is to reduce exposure to inflammatory agents and allergens in the homes of an environmental justice community of

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

Various funding sources 2009-2020 |

El Proyecto Bienestar (EPB) or, Well Being Project, is a long-standing community health intervention effort guided by a Yakima Valley community advisory board and a partnership of: The U

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Respiratory Health and Indoor Air Quality in Washington's Cannabis Industry

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 | Christopher Simpson, PhD, MSc

Marijuana is now medically legal in 38 states and recreationally legal in 11 states, including Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

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Nitrate Well Water Testing in Agricultural Communities: Improving Environmental Health Communication with Health Behavior Theory

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 |

Elevated levels of nitrate in groundwater are a significant public health concern for private well water users, including in the Lower Yakima Valley, which has a large Latino farmworker community.

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Evalution of Wearable-based Activity Recognition Modeling Applications for Logging Safety

PNASH Pilot Project 2018-2020 | Robert Keefe, PhD, MS

This pilot project is integrating geospatial technology and activity recognition modeling into a Garmin smartwatch and smartphone application for rigging crew workers in the logging industry.

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Impact of Workplace Stress on Health in Farmworker Families

NIOSH 2014-2017 | Kent Anger, PhD and Diane Rohlman, PhD

Our previous survey on personal and family health in agricultural families, revealed stress-related behavioral health problems.

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