New Immigrants in the Midwest and Agricultural Health Implications

The Midwest is changing rapidly due to globalization, human migration, and new economic patterns. Immigrants and refugees are among the fastest growing populations in this region of the United States, with a significant number employed in farming, meatpacking, and related agricultural industries. This webinar describes these new demographic patterns, discusses their implications from a public health standpoint, and provides general strategies for professionals working with immigrant and refugee employees in the agricultural jobs.
By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
  1. To understand the changing demographics of the Midwest; 
  2. To analyze the implications of these demographic changes for the health of agricultural workers; and
  3. To gain strategies for working effectively in the public health field with immigrant and refugee agricultural workers 

Michele Devlin, DrPH

Division Chair & Professor, Health Promotion and Education & Director, Iowa Center on Health Disparities - University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Michele Devlin is Professor of Global Public Health and Chair of the Division of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa. She also founded the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, a model organization established by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations, and is Director of the UNI Global Health Corps humanitarian relief organization.  Dr. Devlin is also Adjunct Research Professor with the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She completed her doctorate degree in international public health at the University of California at Los Angeles.  Her primary areas of specialty include human migration, maternal and child health, and disaster response with refugee and minority populations. 

Mark Grey, PhD

Professor of Anthropology and Director, The Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration - University of Northern Iowa

Mark Grey is associate professor if anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his PhD in applied anthropology at the University of Colorado -Boulder. His current research interests include rural communities, economic development and ethnic relations in rapidly changing rural towns in the American Midwest. He also has extensive experience conducting research in rural schools. 

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