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  • Safe and Healthy Recovery After a Farm Flood

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Disaster recovery can be as dangerous as the disaster itself, especially if no disaster preparedness plan was implemented. This is especially true on farms and ranches where inherent farm hazards such as machinery and equipment, livestock, and agriculture chemicals are displaced and co-mingle, putting all emergency response personnel, farm workers and family members in danger. Floods can heighten the risk of health threats such as mold, tetanus bacteria, contaminated well water, heat illness and high stress. This presentation will highlight basic precautions to prevent possible diseases and injuries during and after flooding.

    Disaster recovery can be as dangerous as the disaster itself, especially if no disaster preparedness plan was implemented. This is especially true on farms and ranches where inherent farm hazards such as machinery and equipment, livestock, and agriculture chemicals are displaced and co-mingle, putting all emergency response personnel, farm workers and family members in danger. Floods can heighten the risk of health threats such as mold, tetanus bacteria, contaminated well water, heat illness and high stress. This presentation will highlight basic precautions to prevent possible diseases and injuries during and after flooding. 
    By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 
    · Identify common human health risks faced during a farm flood. 
    · Discuss prevention tips and injury prevention for common human health risks. 
    · Identify AgriSafe and external resources to address human health risks during a farm flood.

    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.

    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.

    Chad Roy, PhD, MSPH

    Director, Infectious Disease Aerobiology, Director, Biodefense Research Programs, Tulane National Primate Research Center, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Tulane School of Medicin

    Dr. Roy is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine and also the Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Dr. Roy's research focuses on respiratory health and the aerobiology of infectious diseases.

  • Talking to Farmers About Their Pain

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The occupational hazards that farmers face put them at greater risk for acute and chronic pain as a result of ergonomic repetition, accident, or surgical procedure. Addressing specific occupational sources of pain and what activities the pain inhibits are crucial to improving treatment. This module will focus on how to transform the conversation between provider and patient to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction.

    The occupational hazards that farmers face put them at greater risk for acute and chronic pain as a result of ergonomic repetition, accident, or surgical procedure. Addressing specific occupational sources of pain and what activities the pain inhibits are crucial to improving treatment. This module will focus on how to transform the conversation between provider and patient to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction.
    At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    1.  Understand the prevalence of occupational hazards amongst farming occupations.
    2.  Recognize occupational implications as they relate to acute and chronic pain.
    3.  Gain strategies to improve provider-patient conversations about occupational farmer
    pain.
    4.  Identify patient resources to aid in facilitating candid discussion about pain.
    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

    Alison Hartman, DPT, CF-L1

    Consulting PT, DPT, 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 pasts 20 years. Ali was recently named managing partner of Pro-Activity’s North Carolina field office. 

    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.

  • Optimizing the Health of the Female Agricultural Producer

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The number of U.S. farms operated by women has increased by nearly 60% over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 30 percent in 2012. Farm women face unique environmental exposures, ergonomic challenges, and health disparities. Health and safety initiatives are traditionally targeted to male agricultural producers. Examining the unique health care concerns of the female agriculturist as well as strategies to integrate care for this population is the take home message within this presentation. Funding for this project provided by the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, NIOSH AFF Grant U54OH010162.

    The number of U.S. farms operated by women has increased by nearly 60% over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 30 percent in 2012. Farm women face unique environmental exposures, ergonomic challenges, and health disparities. Health and safety initiatives are traditionally targeted to male agricultural producers. Examining the unique health care concerns of the female agriculturist as well as strategies to integrate care for this population is the take home message within this presentation. 
    At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: 
    1. Describe today’s profile of a female agricultural producer. 
    2. Identify at least four leading health indicators impacting women in agriculture. 
    3. Locate three current evidenced based resources in the field of agricultural health and safety

    Funding for this project provided by the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, NIOSH AFF Grant U54OH010162.

    Linda Emanuel, RN

    Community Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network

    Good health advocacy has been at the heart of Linda’s essence from her formative years as a farm girl in eastern Nebraska. Graduating from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1985, she worked as an R.N. in a variety of acute care hospital settings for over 30 years. She and her husband Tom raised three sons on a successful row crop operation that has been able to welcome the next generation and their families home to continue to diversify their family business. Linda served as a Fellow in the Nebraska LEAD program and has also received agrimedicine training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Linda now serves on the advisory board for CS-CASH and a member of the AgriSafe team, as a Community Health Nurse.

    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.

  • The Ergonomics of Hand Planting Reforestation Work

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Reforestation work is vital to the health of America's forests and the U.S. economy. Hand planting, a common reforestation practice, provides unique challenges to safety and health practitioners interested in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses. This webinar will share lessons learned from a team of investigators studying occupational exposures to physical risk factors among hand planters in the Southeastern United States.

    Reforestation work is vital to the health of America's forests and the U.S. economy. Hand planting, a common reforestation practice, provides unique challenges to safety and health practitioners interested in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses. This webinar will share lessons learned from a team of investigators studying occupational exposures to physical risk factors among hand planters in the Southeastern United States.
    At the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of 
    1. What hand planting work involves
    2. The challenges associated with collecting exposure information within the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry sector
    3. The importance of studying and preventing injuries and illnesses among reforestation workers.

    Mark Schall, PhD, CPE

    Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University

    Mark Schall earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in December 2014 where he was a graduate fellow of the Heartland Education and Research Center and the Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence. His primary research interests are in applying direct measurement technologies to assess exposure to physical risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders and developing ergonomic interventions that reduce the incidence of adverse health conditions among working people.

    Robert Granzow, MS, AEP

    Robert F. Granzow, MS, AEP is a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Auburn University. He is a student in the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety (a NIOSH Education and Research Center) Occupational Ergonomics and Safety program.

  • Farmer's Preferences for Hearing Protection Devices: Do Educational Interventions Work?

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Although 44% of Midwestern farmers reported noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) symptoms, less than one-third report using hearing protection devices (HPDs) when working around loud noises. Few studies have evaluated which HPD models farmers prefer to wear, and how educational activities may influence this preference. Dr. Gibbs will be discussing current research on farmer’s priorities and preferences for HPD types, as well as the impact of several hearing conservation education activities.

    Although 44% of Midwestern farmers reported noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) symptoms, less than one third report using hearing protection devices (HPDs) when working around loud noises. Few studies have evaluated which HPD models farmers prefer to wear, and how educational activities may influence this preference. Dr. Gibbs will be discussing current research on farmer’s priorities and preferences for HPD types, as well as the impact of several hearing conservation education activities.
    At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
    1. Discuss the prevalence of Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss (NIHL) symptoms among farmers.
    2. List farmer's top priorities and concerns when choosing hearing protection devices.
    3. Learn about the best HPD models to promote in agricultural hearing conservation campaigns.
    4. Learn more about how to implement successful hearing conservation educational activities.

    Jenna Gibbs, PhD, MPH

    Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, University of Iowa

    Jenna Gibbs has been the Center Coordinator of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) at the University of Iowa for two years. Prior to her work at GPCAH, Jenna was an industrial hygienist at NIOSH/CDC in Morgantown, WV. Jenna got her PhD in environmental health at University of Washington, while working at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center.  Her research interests include hearing conservation, pesticides, and air quality improvements in livestock operation.

  • Pharm to Farm: Partnerships to Make Clinical Pharmacy Services Accessible to Missouri Farmers

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This session will discuss the partnerships and collaborations to deliver clinical pharmacy services to farmers and ranchers, as well as describe how health professions students are trained to become partners in agricultural health and safety.

    This session will discuss the partnerships and collaborations to deliver clinical pharmacy services to farmers and ranchers, as well as describe how health professions students are trained to become partners in agricultural health and safety.
    Objectives: 
    - Recognize the benefits of the delivery of clinical pharmacy services in rural communities 
    - Identify opportunities for collaboration with health professions schools to provide outreach services to AgrAbility clients 
    - Describe how student pharmacists can be equipped with skills to fill healthcare gaps in rural areas and serve as partners in agricultural health and safety

    Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS

    Kelly Cochran is a clinical associate professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU and is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. In 2010 she developed the first ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services at the University of Missouri General Internal Medicine Clinics in Columbia, where she serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist and precepts pharmacy students and residents. Pursuing her interest in rural health, she developed Pharm to Farm, a mobile practice and teaching service which provides on-site farmstead medication assessments to farmers/ranchers throughout Missouri and has partnerships with Missouri Extension and Missouri AgrAbility Project. She has completed a certificate in Agricultural Health and Safety-The Core Course and is an AgriSafe member. Her current research includes evaluation of medication-related agricultural injury among Missouri farmers. She grew up on a farm in Indiana and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University in Indianapolis. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and an Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and Medical Center.

  • Invest in Your Health: Hazard Mapping in the Ag Classroom (Trainer Module)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    This Train the Training course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Participants will learn about the Hazard Mapping curriculum and will be given access to all teacher and student materials after completing the webinar.

    This Train the Training course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Participants will learn about the Hazard Mapping curriculum and will be given access to all teacher and student materials after completing the webinar.
    At the conclusion of the program, participants/educators will be able to: 
    1. To examine the hazards in agricultural production
    2. To identify and locate hazards so that those hazards can be targeted for elimination
    3. To embrace a participatory process that involves as many students as possible
    4. To respect the vast array of skill, experience and know-how that students have about their farm jobs and their dangers
    5. To collectively and creatively pool our knowledge and prioritize what problems to eliminate. 
    A Hazard Map is a visual representation of the workplace where there are hazards that could cause injuries or illness. The Hazard Mapping method draws on what students know from their farming experience.
    Other available Train the Trainer modules include:
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    Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic

    NECAS Manager

    Dan joined NECAS staff in August 2002 as Director. Dan is a Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter II and EMS Instructor. He is a member of the Iowa Propane Board; Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Emergency Management Commission; and Treasurer, Dubuque County EMS. In his work at NECAS, Dan has developed several OSHA approved training programs as well as agricultural rescue programs. Safety programs include viticulture safety, enology safety, confined space-grain bin entry, prevention of grain storage fire and explosions, chemical safety, and confined space- manure pit safety. Rescue programs at NECAS include tractor rollover, combine auger rescue, grain bin rescue, and manure pit rescue. 

  • Invest in Your Health: Cover Up! Head to Toe Personal Protective Equipment (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 of the indicators related to use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in agriculture 
    2. Access personal protective (PPE) educational material developed for classroom use
    3. Select decision making activities from programs designed for classroom time frames
    4. Identify safety and health resources for use in educational settings
    Other available Train the Trainer modules include:
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    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.

  • Invest in Your Health: Prevention of Zoonotic Diseases (Trainer Module)

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Agricultural producers are at high risk for acquiring a zoonotic disease related to their work environment with minimal information related to risks, symptoms and prevention. The majority of emerging infectious diseases in the U.S. are zoonotic in nature. They are often difficult to determine and many go unreported for a variety of reasons.

    This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. Agricultural producers are at high risk for acquiring a zoonotic disease related to their work environment with minimal information related to risks, symptoms and prevention. The majority of emerging infectious diseases in the U.S. are zoonotic in nature. They are often difficult to determine and many go unreported for a variety of reasons.
    At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    1. Define zoonotic disease and identify various modes of transmission; 
    2. Locate recommended educational resources for use in educational programs; 
    3. Discuss warning signs and symptoms of major zoonotic diseases; 
    4. Identify zoonotic diseases affecting the production agricultural population
    Other Available Train the Trainer modules include:
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    Linda Emanuel, RN

    Community Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network

    Good health advocacy has been at the heart of Linda’s essence from her formative years as a farm girl in eastern Nebraska. Graduating from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1985, she worked as an R.N. in a variety of acute care hospital settings for over 30 years. She and her husband Tom raised three sons on a successful row crop operation that has been able to welcome the next generation and their families home to continue to diversify their family business. Linda served as a Fellow in the Nebraska LEAD program and has also received agrimedicine training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Linda now serves on the advisory board for CS-CASH and a member of the AgriSafe team, as a Community Health Nurse.

    Katelyn Haydett, MS, DVM Candidate, Michigan State University

    Katelyn Haydett, MS, DVM Candidate, Michigan State University

    Katelyn Haydett has her BS in Molecular Biology from Defiance College, MS in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University, and is currently a DVM candidate at Michigan State University. Her passion for public health began during a water testing project in Tanzania, Africa and has continued to evolve and include research focused on wildlife diseases and vector-borne zoonoses. Katelyn also served as a member of the AgriSafe Young Advisors Council, from 2016-2017. In her role as a rural leader, she assisted AgriSafe in design and launching of educational initiatives that can reduce farm related illness, injury and fatalities.

  • Prevention of Grain Dust Explosions

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    This Grain Safety program is intended for workers and managers in the grain industry including grain elevators, farm operators and workers, grain haulers, and agriculture business owners. The major focus of the program is on safety in confined space work areas including entry, respiratory protection, and prevention of Grain Dust explosions.

    This Grain Safety program is intended for workers and managers in the grain industry including grain elevators, farm operators and workers, grain haulers, and agriculture business owners. The major focus of the program is on safety in confined space work areas including entry, respiratory protection, and prevention of Grain Dust explosions.
    At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:
    1. Describe several recent dust explosions and the dust deflagration process
    2. Identify the basic considerations used in a facility hazard analysis for dust 
    3. Describe the prevention and mitigation techniques used in control of the combustible dust hazard 
    4. Describe Minimum Explosive Concentration (MEC) 
    5. Identify combustible particulate solids
    6. Identify training needed for employees
    7. Identify housekeeping techniques to prevent an grain dust explosion
    8. Understand employees’ rights and responsibilities
    9. Describe the OSHA Agricultural exemption

    Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic

    NECAS Manager

    Dan joined NECAS staff in August 2002 as Director. Dan is a Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter II and EMS Instructor. He is a member of the Iowa Propane Board; Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Emergency Management Commission; and Treasurer, Dubuque County EMS. In his work at NECAS, Dan has developed several OSHA approved training programs as well as agricultural rescue programs. Safety programs include viticulture safety, enology safety, confined space-grain bin entry, prevention of grain storage fire and explosions, chemical safety, and confined space- manure pit safety. Rescue programs at NECAS include tractor rollover, combine auger rescue, grain bin rescue, and manure pit rescue.