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  • Invest in Your Health: Say What? Protecting Your Hearing (Trainer Module)

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. The young ag producer works in an environment with noise hazards and plays in an environment with noise hazards. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is common (and preventable) but unfortunately, use of hearing protection among youth is not.

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. The young ag producer works in an environment with noise hazards and plays in an environment with noise hazards. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is common (and preventable) but unfortunately, use of hearing protection among youth is not. 

    By the end of the Train the Trainer session, participants/educators will be able to: 
    - Understand the pathophysiology of hearing loss 
    - Recognize the importance of preventing noise induced hearing loss 
    - Use the Invest in Your Health training materials and classroom activities to teach hearing loss prevention

    Other available Train the Trainer Modules include:

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    Marjorie McCullagh, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

    Professor and Occupational Health Nursing Program Director, University of Michigan School of Nursing

    Dr. McCullagh's career has focused on occupational health and safety, particularly as it relates to use of personal protection devices among farm operators and their families. Since 1985 she has had an active program of research in mitigating hazardous occupational exposures. She has conducted several randomized clinical trials, comparing the effectiveness of several approaches to influencing use of personal protective equipment. Dr. McCullagh is an associate professor and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

    Natalie Roy, MPH

    AgriSafe Executive Director

    As Executive Director of AgriSafe for over sixteen years, Natalie Roy utilizes her public health training to improve the quality of health care offered to farm families. Natalie holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. She is pleased to work in the area of agricultural health as it relates to her experience growing up on a farm in Canterbury New Hampshire.

  • Invest in Your Health: Stay Cool! Prevention of Heat Related Illness in Agriculture (Trainer Module)

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Agriculture is ranked as one of the most dangerous occupations and involves workers and family members of all ages. Illness and injuries can be prevented if we use the right protective equipment for the job. This program will present an overview of common exposures in farming and ranching and identify appropriate personal protective equipment.

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Agriculture is ranked as one of the most dangerous occupations and involves workers and family members of all ages. Illness and injuries can be prevented if we use the right protective equipment for the job. This program will present an overview of common exposures in farming and ranching and identify appropriate personal protective equipment.
    At the conclusion of the program, participants/educators will be able to: 
    1. Review several indicators related to various types of heat related illnesses
    2. Identify educational activities which allow students to recognize warning signs, and immediate care procedures developed for classroom use
    3. Find safety and health resources for use in educational settings
    Other available Train the Trainer modules include:
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    Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH

    Health Communications Director, AgriSafe Network

    Knesha currently serves as the Health Communications Director with AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization that addresses occupational health issues within the agricultural community. With over twelve years of public health experience in maternal child health, health disparities, and health education, Knesha is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and ensuring health access and equity. Knesha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (2002) with a minor in Chemistry and a Master’s of Public Health (2006) with an emphasis in Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University. In June 2016, she obtained a certificate in Agricultural Medicine which focused on rural occupational health and environmental health and safety. Knesha is a member of the American Public Health Association’s and the Louisiana Public Health Association where she serves in leadership.

  • Assessment of Opioid Misuse Risk Among Farmers in the Clinical Setting

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Prescription opioids are often the first-line therapy to treat chronic and acute pain among farmers. Prescribing opioids to farmer populations that may not seek regular treatment or have access to alternative therapies increases the risk for potential opioid misuse. Properly assessing for these characteristics among other abuse or addiction risk factors, is critical in providing treatment that is both appropriate and effective. The training module will seek to provide insight on misuse risk factors among farmers to better inform healthcare providers on warning signs in this specific cohort.

    Prescription opioids are often the first-line therapy to treat chronic and acute pain among farmers. Prescribing opioids to farmer populations that may not seek regular treatment or have access to alternative therapies increases the risk for potential opioid misuse. Properly assessing for these characteristics among other abuse or addiction risk factors, is critical in providing treatment that is both appropriate and effective. The training module will seek to provide insight on misuse risk factors among farmers to better inform healthcare providers on warning signs in this specific cohort.
    By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: 
    1. List potential risk factors for opioid misuse among farmers.
    2. Understand proper opioid misuse assessment strategies.
    3. Identify effective alternatives for treating chronic and acute pain among farmers

    Sponsored by:

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    This project was supported by the FY17 USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2017-46100-27225 and the FY18 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants (ROTA) # TI-18-022

    Dr. Ali Hartman, DPT

    Consulting PT, CF-L1, Pro-Activity North Carolina

    Clinically trained as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ali harbors a deep appreciation for the human body and the resilience it holds. Unlike traditional rehabilitation professionals, Ali spends the majority of her time outside of the clinic walls, embedding herself within working populations to maximize the health, well-being, and performance of groups and individuals while leveraging her unique experience in workplace prevention and health promotion.

    She has completed advanced certifications in Applied Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies, and residency at Pro-Activity, a human achievement company that has specialized in workplace prevention and health promotion with industrialized workforces for the past 20 years. Ali was recently named managing partner of Pro-Activity’s North Carolina field office.

    Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

    Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network

    Charlotte serves as the Clinical Director for AgriSafe. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education.  During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.  

    She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.

  • Engaging Guestworkers in Occupational Safety Research in Forestry

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The southern US contains some of the most intensively managed forests in the world that provide the bulk of the nation's softwood lumber and pulp. There is a paucity of research on the burden of injury, illness, and fatalities among reforestation workers in this region. Latino guest workers make up more than 85% of the reforestation workforce in the region. Efforts to delineate health and safety risk factors associated with tree planters require employer/contractor buy-in and support from crew leaders and industry associations. A participatory approach to research is critical to the success of this study and recruitment efforts must be culturally sensitive to the needs of this work group.

    The southern US contains some of the most intensively managed forests in the world that provide the bulk of the nation's softwood lumber and pulp. There is a paucity of research on the burden of injury, illness, and fatalities among reforestation workers in this region.  Latino guest workers make up more than 85% of the reforestation workforce in the region. Efforts to delineate health and safety risk factors associated with tree planters require employer/contractor buy-in and support from crew leaders and industry associations. A participatory approach to research is critical to the success of this study and recruitment efforts must be culturally sensitive to the needs of this work group.
    At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
    1. Identify the burden of injury, illness and fatalities of reforestation workers in the southern U.S.
    2. Define the nature of the organization of work in this particular sector of forestry.
    3. Describe the reforestation workforce.
    4. List the socio-cultural factors that must be considered when engaging this population in research.

    Vanessa Cassanova, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler

    Dr. Cassanova serves as the Applied Research Manager for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education. Dr. Casanova has extensive research experience with loggers and migrant and immigrant workers in the southern forest industry.  Her work is broadly focused on the organization of work and its impact on safety and health outcomes and health disparities in the workplace.

  • Designing, Evaluating and Using Apps and Wearable Technology for Agricultural Workers' Safety and Health

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Mobile and wearable devices and the application software, also known as apps, that run on these devices are becoming ubiquitous in the general population. This is also true in agriculturally related populations. This reality has tremendous potential for improving the health and safety of individuals that work in agriculture. A plethora of apps and devices already exist that can be used for the assessment of workplace hazards and implementation of worker protection. However, very little guidance on the use of these apps for agricultural safety and health exists. This presentation will briefly cover the basics of designing apps and wearable technology, report on a study that developed a framework for evaluating apps and technology that have potential usefulness in this area and present some of the current applications of wearable technology and apps in agricultural safety and health research and outreach.

    Mobile and wearable devices and the application software, also known as apps, that run on these devices are becoming ubiquitous in the general population. This is also true in agriculturally related populations. This reality has tremendous potential for improving the health and safety of individuals that work in agriculture. A plethora of apps and devices already exist that can be used for the assessment of workplace hazards and implementation of worker protection. However, very little guidance on the use of these apps for agricultural safety and health exists. This presentation will briefly cover the basics of designing apps and wearable technology, report on a study that developed a framework for evaluating apps and technology that have potential usefulness in this area and present some of the current applications of wearable technology and apps in agricultural safety and health research and outreach.
    At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
    1. Be able to describe mobile technology, including wearable devices and application software  
    2. Understand the design process for apps and wearable technology  
    3. Learn how to evaluate technology related to agricultural safety and health  
    4. Increase awareness of how mobile technology can be used in safety and health

    Aaron M. Yoder, PhD

    Associate Professor, Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Extension - Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Aaron Yoder grew up in central Pennsylvania where he spent time working on his grandfather's farm. He graduated from Penn State University with a BS and MS in Agricultural Systems Management and Environmental Pollution Control, respectively. He went on to complete a PhD from Purdue University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he focused on ergonomic evaluation of assistive technology for AgrAbility clients. Aaron is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and works with projects through the NIOSH funded Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. He is the president of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health and serves on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Dr. Yoder also maintains leadership roles in the eXtension.org/AgSafety Community of Practice, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the USDA NCERA197 Committee for establishing priorities at Land Grant University for agricultural safety and health research and education programs. More information on Dr. Yoder can be found at: 

  • Safety Training on Dairy Farms using Mobile-Learning Technologies

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The delivery of safety training content to workers in agriculture can be a challenging undertaking. This webinar will present a relatively novel approach to the delivery of safety training content to vulnerable workers in the dairy industry.

    The delivery of safety training content to workers in agriculture can be a challenging undertaking. This webinar will present a relatively novel approach to the delivery of safety training content to vulnerable workers in the dairy industry.
    At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
    1. Understand the challenges associated with safety training among agriculture workers; 
    2. Distinguish between electronic learning (e-learning) and mobile-learning (m-learning); 
    3. Understand the benefits and challenges associated with m-learning in agriculture; 
    4. Understand basic approaches to delivery of safety training content using m-learning; and 
    5. Understand the challenges associated with training effectiveness evaluation.

    David I. Douphrate PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE

    CSP University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio

    Dr. David Douphrate is an Assistant Professor with the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, located at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. Douphrate conducts research and outreach related to worker health and safety through the High Plains and Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS), headquartered at Colorado State University. Douphrate and his colleagues conduct research and outreach with dairy producers to improve safe working environments while simultaneously improving dairy productivity and efficiency.

  • Feedyard Worker Safety- Stakeholder Recommendations for Improvement

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in collaboration with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Moore Ag Safety and the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America hosted a roundtable discussion designed to gather input regarding worker safety from stakeholders in the feedyard industry. The roundtable included workers, managers, owners, safety professionals, insurance representatives, veterinarians and research personnel. The meeting successfully identified hazards, including emerging issues, highlighted current training efforts, and prioritized needed changes related to worker safety and training at cattle feedyards. This webinar will report the outcomes from this roundtable and subsequent findings.

    The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in collaboration with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Moore Ag Safety and the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America hosted a roundtable discussion designed to gather input regarding worker safety from stakeholders in the feedyard industry. The roundtable included workers, managers, owners, safety professionals, insurance representatives, veterinarians and research personnel. The meeting successfully identified hazards, including emerging issues, highlighted current training efforts, and prioritized needed changes related to worker safety and training at cattle feedyards. This webinar will report the outcomes from this roundtable and subsequent findings.
    After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:
    1. Assess worker safety hazards present on Midwestern feedyards
    2. Describe recommendations made by stakeholders to improve feedyard worker safety
    3. Identify current collaborative efforts designed to improve feedyard worker safety

    Ellen Duysen, MPH

    Community Outreach Specialist and Coordinator - Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, UNMC

    As Center Coordinator for CS-CASH, Ms. Duysen provides the Center Director with assistance in planning, coordinating, and monitoring the 23 projects funded by the Center. These projects encompass research, prevention/intervention, education/translation, outreach, evaluation, and cross-disciplinary efforts. She engages in internal and external advisory committees, oversees fiscal and resource management, maintains records, and compiles Center reports. Ms. Duysen is the course director for the annual, week-long Ag Medicine Course that provides continuing education credits to health care providers across the US. In addition to administrative responsibilities, she is involved with the Center's active Outreach program. The program delivers educational materials, demonstrations, and presentations on the topics of respiratory and hearing protection, as well as injury prevention to the agricultural community in the Center's seven states region.

  • This is Our Brain on Stress

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The downturn in the agricultural economy continues to create stress for farm families, workers, and ag professionals who provide products, services and information in rural communities. This session will present basic information on the stress response and how short-term, acute stress evolves toward longer-term, chronic stress. Brain science research is reviewed, providing a strong basis for necessary and impactful ways to help people "manage" stress, reduce health impacts, and increase abilities to make sound, thoughtful business and family decisions.

    The downturn in the agricultural economy continues to create stress for farm families, workers, and ag professionals who provide products, services and information in rural communities. This session will present basic information on the stress response and how short-term, acute stress evolves toward longer-term, chronic stress. Brain science research is reviewed, providing a strong basis for necessary and impactful ways to help people "manage" stress, reduce health impacts, and increase abilities to make sound, thoughtful business and family decisions.
    By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
    1. Review and explain the "brain science" connected to how people experience acute stress.  
    2. Describe how acute stress evolves toward chronic stress and three specific outcomes of chronic stress exposure. 
    3. Explain three specific stress coping mechanisms that positively change our brains and bodies, alleviating stress effects including those which can be recommended or facilitated by agricultural professionals and service providers.

    Dr. John Shutske

    Professor and Extension Specialist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Biological Systems Engineering Department

    Dr. Shitske spent eight years in College of Agriculture and Extension Administration as an Associate Dean.  John returned to a faculty role in July of 2016.  His research work will continue to focus on efforts to apply, design, and evaluate new strategies and technologies that impact negative health outcomes for people who live and work on farms while simultaneously pursuing enhanced profitability.  John also has an affiliate appointment in the UW's Family Medicine Department in the School of Medicine and Public Health. This relationship includes working with health professionals, Extension colleagues, and agricultural services providers to reduce the burden of occupational illness and injury in farming.

  • Respiratory Protection and On-Farm Fit Testing for Agricultural Workers

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    In this webinar, participants will learn about agricultural respiratory hazards and how to select appropriate protection. An overview of medical clearance and fit testing requirements will be given, as well as a discussion of some of the unique challenges faced when providing these services to the agricultural population.

    In this webinar, participants will learn about agricultural respiratory hazards and how to select appropriate protection. An overview of medical clearance and fit testing requirements will be given, as well as a discussion of some of the unique challenges faced when providing these services to the agricultural population.
    Learning objectives: 
    1. Identify agricultural workers who may be exposed to hazards that require respiratory protection 
    2. Understand the different types of respirators and cartridges and how to select appropriate protection 
    3. Describe how fit testing is performed and why it is needed 

    Anna Meyerhoff

    The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health / Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NYCAMH/NEC), Cooperstown NY

    Anna Meyerhoff is the Bilingual Farm Safety Coordinator for NYCAMH/NEC. Anna develops and delivers bilingual farm safety and emergency response trainings as well as providing other outreach services throughout NY and the Northeast.  She received a BA in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo, worked on her family's dairy farm, and has lived and studied abroad in Central America.

    Melissa Horsman

    The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health / Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NYCAMH/NEC), Cooperstown NY

    Melissa Horsman is the PPE Program Coordinator for NYCAMH/NEC.  She is responsible for administering the Personal Protective Equipment and On-Farm Fit Testing Programs. Melissa attended Texas A&M University where she studied Zoology and honed her MSDS decryption skills.

  • Staying Cool in Your Region's Heat: How to manage, identify, and reduce heat illnesses and sun exposure

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This session will include information on heat exposure, ways to reduce the chances of experiencing heat related illness, sun exposure, safety, and identification of aspects that can be screened as skin cancer. It will also help participants identify if they or someone they are working with is experiencing heat stress, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    This session will include information on heat exposure, ways to reduce the chances of experiencing heat related illness, sun exposure, safety, and identification of aspects that can be screened as skin cancer. It will also help participants identify if they or someone they are working with is experiencing heat stress, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
    Objectives: 
    1. Participants will gain knowledge in identifying signs and symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke along with treatments that can be provided when identified. 
    2. Participants will have an increased knowledge of how heat index can be used to help plan and reduce heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke 
    3. Participants will gain knowledge on how to identify questionable areas on skin that need to be future evaluated due to skin exposure along with ways to prevent skin damage. 

    Jessica Wilburn, RN, MSN, CEN

    AgriSafe NC Nurse Coordinator, NC Agromedicine Institute

    As AgriSafe-NC Nurse Coordinator and co-owner of a registered Angus seed stock farm, Ms. Wilburn has both professional and personal knowledge of the health and safety issues affecting agricultural populations. Jessica has provided agricultural health and safety training for farmers, healthcare providers, Cooperative Extension agents and others.