Department of Emergency Medicine
Migration and Health Research Center



Marc Schenker MD., MPH
Co-Director of MAHRC; Professor and Director of UC Davis Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Marc Schenker is a professor, the director of 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. Dr. Schenker’s research focuses on the interaction of immigration, acculturation, and occupation on the health of immigrants, with specific attention to Latino farmworker families. His interests include international issues in occupational and environmental health as well as high obesity and diabetes rates among migrant farmworkers. Dr. Schenker is also the director of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and an Associate Vice Provost of Outreach and Engagement.


Xóchitl Castañeda
Co-Director of MAHRC; Director of the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA). UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Xóchitl Castañeda is the director of the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) and a co-director of MAHRC. For nearly seven years she was a professor and researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health, where she also directed the Department of Reproductive Health. As director of the Health Initiative of the Americas, Ms. Castañeda has coordinated the Binational Health Week for 12 consecutive years. This program is one of the largest efforts in the Americas to improve the well-being of Latin American immigrants. In 1999 she received the National Research Award on Social Science and Medicine. In 2010, the California Latino Legislative Caucus awarded her with the National Sprit Award for her leadership in initiatives to improve the quality of life of Latino immigrants in the U.S.