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Population-based Oral Health Study of Agricultural Worker Families

Principal Investigator: Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH

Brief Summary:
The California Agricultural Workers Health Survey found that farm workers have a high risk for chronic disease with oral health as one of the most urgent health problems.1 The University of California , Davis, funded by the California Endowment and NIOSH, established a population-based cohort of 400 Hispanic households as part of their project to study the health of agricultureal workers in Calfornia (Mexican Immigration to California: Agricultural Safety and Acculturation - MICASA [Schenker, P.I.]).

The CAN DO Center at the University of California, San Francisco led the oral epidemiologic study, as part of MICASA, to ascertain and document the self-perceived and professionally determined oral health status of an underserved, hired farm worker community.

Study Design: Population-based, cross-sectional epidemiologic study. Households that included at least one adult, self-identified as Hispanic, and who has been engaged in farm work at least 45 days in the U.S. in the last year were selected. Households with at least one child less than 18 years old living at home were included in teh dental study.

Study Type:

Intervention: No intervention. Families were interviewed and receivef dental epidemiologic examinations.

Study Location: Mendota , California

Study phase: Data Analysis

Publications, Abstracts and Presentations:

1. Weintraub JA, Prakash P, Shain SG, Laccabue M, Gansky SA. Relationship between Untreated Caries in Mothers and their Children. (submitted IADR 2009)

2. Weintraub JA, Hyde S. Oral Health and Quality-of-Life of Agricultural Worker Families. . (submitted IADR 2009)

3. Prakash P, Gansky SA, Shain SG, Weintraub JA. Relationship between Self-Perceived Stained Teeth and Dental Caries (submitted IADR 2009)

4. Prakash P, Gansky SA, Shain SG, Weintraub JA. Self-Reported Oral Health Problems among Agricultural Workers in Rural California. (Presented APHA 2008)

5. Finlayson, Tracy L., Gansky, Stuart A., Shain, Sara G., Weintraub, Jane A. Dental utilization by adult Hispanic agricultural workers in California’s central valley. Oral presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 28, 2008.

Study contact information:
Dr. Jane Weintraub
Principal Investigator
UCSF School of Dentistry
3333 California Street, Suite 495
San Francisco, CA 94143-1361

1. Villarejo, D., D. Lighthall, et al. (2000). Suffering in Silence: A Report on the Health of California's Agricultural Workers. Davis, California Institute for Rural Studies.

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