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

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. A lack of safe and attainable childcare has been a challenge for farmworker parents since before the Covid-19 pandemic, and is of particular concern during wildfire season when parents must weigh the risk-benefit ratio of keeping children at home, taking them to work, or sending them to childcare. This proposal will describe how stressors of balancing childcare, work, and concerns about children’s exposure to smoke during wildfire season impact the wellbeing and workplace absenteeism and presenteeism for farmworker parents and will identify potential practical solutions to support farmworker wellbeing in the future.