Advancing Rural Healthcare – From Lab to Legislation

In a bid to tackle the unique challenges faced by rural communities, the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety recently hosted its 6th annual State of the Science meeting. The event, which brought together esteemed professionals and early investigators, shed light on the pressing issues surrounding rural healthcare policy while showcasing innovative research […]

SCCAHS uses survey data to understand Extension needs during public health crisis

GAINESVILLE, FL – Earlier this year, the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) launched a series of surveys aimed at understanding Florida Extension professionals’ experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.  These most recent findings provide insights into how Extension professionals can be better prepared to address future public health crises. To better understand […]

Issue Guide: The Needs of Extension in the Southeast Region During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) conducted research to identify the needs of Extension professionals in the Southeast region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Research findings indicated that extension professionals in the Southeast are well-informed regarding COVID-19 and receive trusted information from healthcare providers and Extension administrators, making these […]

Issue Guide: Adapting evaluation to serve the developmental needs of a newly funded multidisciplinary research center

Federal agencies fund research centers on a variety of topics, and an evaluation component is normally required. The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) is working to define the vital role evaluation serves for federally-funded centers, including the SCCAHS which is a center that houses six multidisciplinary research projects, 10 pilot projects […]

SCCAHS Provides Needed Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) is providing needed support and resources to Florida’s farmworkers and fisheries workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joan Flocks, associate in law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and director of Emerging Issues at SCCAHS, took action to help educate and test Florida […]

CSAB Member’s Organization Wins Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America Award

The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) was recently recognized as a national safety leader in the agriculture industry by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA).  FWAF was among eight individuals and organizations to receive this prestigious award in December 2019, recognizing the association’s leadership in the field through safety training, collaboration, promotion, education […]

Issue Guide: Analyzing Media Coverage of Agricultural Health and Safety Issues

The risks associated with the agriculture industry are very diverse. Developing and disseminating safety communication materials is a challenge faced by agricultural communicators.  Researchers from the University of Florida recently conducted a study to describe agricultural health and safety issues discussed in Florida news media during the year 2016. In this study, agricultural health and […]

UF/IFAS Experts Help Farmers Cope with Mental Stress

When some people think of a farmer, they conjure an image of a stoic, tough-as-nails figure – one who can cope with any hardship. But that’s not always the case, particularly when cold, heat, drought, disease or a natural disaster strikes their crop or cattle. Sometimes, when a farmer or rancher’s livelihood is at stake, […]

Girasole documentary: Facing the Sun

Researchers at Emory University partnered with the Farmworker Association of Florida to conduct collaborative research on heat related illness. This documentary, Facing the Sun, documents the problem of heat illness, the research addressing it, and the goal of working with employers to make workplaces safer. In the video, you will hear from SCCAHS researchers and […]