Introducing The Healthy Babies Act of 2014

Posted on Feb 21, 2014
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Mother and ChildThe Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) has selected Nicole Marquez as one of 25 fellows enrolled in a yearlong training program for women activists engaged in social justice work. During this time, the fellows work in teams to develop and implement specific policy initiatives that address the needs of low-income women and families.

Nicole is a member of the Domestic Violence Team, which is working to pass the Healthy Babies Act of 2014, AB 1579, authored by Assembly Member Mark Stone and co-authored by Senator Holly Mitchell.

This bill would change the state’s CalWORKs statute to allow for pregnant women (with no other children in the household) to become eligible for CalWORKs basic needs grants upon verification of the pregnancy.

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"Work Matters" brochure available

Posted on Jun 28, 2012
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“Work Matters,” a brochure collaboratively written and produced by Worksafe and the University of California, San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), has now been published (PDF). It’s a concise overview of toxic hazards that are of particular concern to pregnant workers, as well as their associated legal rights.

More details and resources are available on the UCSF website. The brochure will later be disseminated to every OB/GYN in the country through their medical association, and you can contact Worksafe for printed copies.


Reproductive Health For All

Posted on Jan 14, 2010
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At Worksafe we have a saying that reflects our profound concern for the well-being of the thousands of workers of reproductive age who are exposed every day to toxic chemicals on the job: “When you're pregnant, every day is ‘bring your child to work’ day.”

Rapidly mounting evidence shows the potent, harmful effects of chronic exposure to even tiny doses of reproductive and developmental toxicants—including those found in many pesticides and cleaning products. We believe this serious issue calls for more reproductive health education for workers, their healthcare providers, and the policymakers whose job it is to protect their constituents.

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Worksafe Acts to Reduce Reproductive Risks

Posted on Jan 13, 2010
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Baby with GrandfatherIn 2009, Worksafe joined the Pajaro Valley Health Action Team (PVHAT) to discuss ways of reducing risks to reproductive health among vulnerable California farmworkers and their families in the Pajaro Valley.

Some of our partners in this effort include the Salud Para la Gente Clinic in Watsonville, the Watsonville Law Center and its Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health Project,CRLA- Salinas and its Agricultural Workers Health Project, the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (UCSF PRHE), the Just Transition Alliance, and concerned public educators.

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