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May 2018


UC Davis Picnic DayCalifornia AgrAbility and Dr. Fathallah's lab participated at the UC Davis Picnic Day with an interactive display looking at pressure points while sitting for prolonged periods of time. Booth participants learned about tractor safety and the importance of good seating, especially for individuals with lower mobility limitations. Participants also had the opportunity to measure their grip strength using a hand dynamometer.

Binational Promotores ConferenceCalifornia AgrAbility staff attended the XVII Annual Binational Promotores Conference. This conference is organized by the Health Initiative of the Americas and brought together over 150 promotores from California and Latin America. California AgrAbility staff was able to speak about AgrAbility services during the plenary session. The workshops were on different topics related to community health, such as mental health and migration and environmental health.

Migrant Centers openingCalifornia AgrAbility was present at the 2018 Yolo County Housing Migrant Center Opening Days. Migrant Centers in Davis, Madison, and Dixon opened for the agricultural season. These homes house migrant families that come from other U.S. states and Latin American countries who work planting, harvesting, and processing in Yolo County farms. Staff spoke to around 130 families. Many of these families have been traveling to work in the area for over 20 years. Other agencies present were Communicare Clinics, RISE, Dignity Health and Migrant Education.

CalAgrAbility, in partnership with the UC Davis Clinica Tepati (student run clinic), finalized the "Get Moving: It's TeParti Time Leader Manual." This manual will serve to aid the clinic's volunteers deliver safe exercise routines for their patient population, including farmworkers and CalAgrAbility participants.

Submitted by Sara Wat