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Dr. Marc Schenker, Migration & Health Advocate, Retires

Dr. Marc Schenker


In June, after a decades-long career dedicated to improving the lives and health of agricultural workers, Marc Schenker, MD, MPH, is celebrating his retirement.

Dr. Schenker is the founding director and current co-director of University of California, Davis’s Migration and Health Research Center, which focuses on improving the health of migrant communities through migrant health research, the promotion of migration and health issues, research and news dissemination, and collaboration. He’s the director of the UC Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and the co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, a research entity that draws from faculty on 10 UC campuses to research behavioral and socio-economic determinants of health, health outcomes in migrants’ communities of origin and destination, child health, and health care delivery and policy. He’s also Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, UC Davis. Throughout his career, he has focused on the health needs and risks of agricultural workers in the workplace and at home. Some of his recent projects include a study to evaluate body weight distributions of Latino agricultural workers on various diets, a handbook on research methods in migration and health where he served as editor, and articles on health illness prevention among agricultural workers.

MCN has often turned to Dr. Schenker’s work to support our efforts to address health justice for the mobile underserved. “Marc has been an important force as a researcher and clinician to improving the health and safety of immigrant workers. His contribution to the field has made an impact.” said Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at MCN.

“While he is officially retiring, we know Marc and we know that he will continue his efforts to address the health and safety needs of immigrant workers. We look forward to continuing to partner with him in his next phase.” Liebman added.


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