Optimizing the Health of the Female Agricultural Producer

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.

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