Shelley Davis: public health advocate at the service of the farmworker.
Baron-S; Liebman-AK; Ruiz-V; Steege-AL
Am J Publ Health 2009 Nov; 99(S3):S505-S507
Shelley Davis made important contributions to civil rights, public health, and social justice, but, above all, she was a tireless advocate at the service of farmworkers. Her farmworker advocacy work began with lawsuits to end massive wage abuses. For the next twenty years, primarily through her work at Farmworker Justice, Davis turned her attention to farmworker health and quickly became a leading authority on health and safety litigation and policy. She served on EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee advocating more stringent protections for children of farmworkers. She also became a member of EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, which advises the EPA on pesticide program and policy issues. In addition to her work on the federal level, Davis collaborated with local communities to create innovative new training programs and legislation. Davis also developed training materials and guidance to protect farmworkers during avian influenza outbreaks. She was concerned both about farmworkers' potential to contract avian and other influenza strains from work as well as their increased vulnerability during any outbreaks because of immigration issues, substandard housing, lack of health coverage, and lack of economic resources.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Biohazards; Children; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-methods; Health-protection; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Protective-measures; Public-health; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Training; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-practices; Surveillance-programs
Sherry Baron, MD, MPH, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS R17, Cincinnati, OH 45226
American Journal of Public Health