Purpose

FarmResponse is a 3.5-hour continuing education course developed by national experts from the AgriStress Response Network. AgriSafe’s FarmResponse course provides the full range of competencies necessary to provide appropriate mental healthcare for agricultural producers and their families. This knowledge is critical for a healthcare professional to effectively care for a farmer’s total health.

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Learners can earn a digital badge to acknowledge their accomplishment and dedication to serving the unique healthcare needs of the agricultural community!

Course Topics

  • The Total Farmer Health Model
  • AgriBusiness Factors Impacting Mental Well Being
  • Agriculture Work Factors
  • Family Dynamics
  • Agrarian Culture and Values
  • Special Populations
  • US Agricultural Producer Demographics
  • Agricultural Community Healthcare Challenges
  • Opioids and Alcohol Issues in Agriculture
  • Suicide and Agriculture
  • Resources and Referrals

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain the Total Farmer Health model as it relates to factors for mental health in agriculture.
  • Describe characteristics of US farm producers and their farms.
  • Contrast financial stressors in farm and ranch operators to non-agricultural employees.
  • Summarize the impact of mediation as a tool to mitigate farmer stress.
  • List work challenges inherent in agricultural production as it relates to mental wellbeing.
  • Identify the impact of farming cultures on farmer mental health and health-seeking behaviors.
  • Identify barriers that agricultural workers face in accessing healthcare.
  • Describe risk factors for suicide in agricultural populations.
  • Identify three agricultural stress referral sources that can be used to address the needs of this population.
  • Improve clinical communication skills concerning  mental health distress and stressors of agricultural workers and their families.

Course Sponsors

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