CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 17, 2001
I-CASH receives Wellmark grant to expand Certified Safe Farm program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH)
has received a $48,919 grant from the Wellmark Foundation to expand its Certified
Safe Farm program in northwest Iowa.
The Certified Safe Farm program is administered through the AgriSafe clinic
at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer. The community-based research program
encourages farmers to correct potential injury hazards on their farms and
to adopt healthy lifestyle practices. Farmers complete an occupational health
screening and receive health and safety education and on-farm safety reviews.
Following the review, each farmer receives a summary statement with recommended
improvements. Once safety requirements are met, the farm is certified as a
"safe" farm. Currently 281 farmers are enrolled in the program.
I-CASH specialists will use the grant to expand program participation to
reach 100 additional farmers, as well as enhance reviewer training and design
an evaluation tool to measure cost savings attributable to the project. The
long-term goal is to help the Certified Safe Farm program move from a research
project to a sustainable program available to farmers throughout the state
and, eventually, the nation, according to Kelley Donham, D.V.M., I-CASH director.
The Wellmark Foundation is a private non-profit foundation created by Wellmark
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of South Dakota. It has provided grants to health-related projects and other
charitable programs in Iowa and South Dakota since 1992. The foundation awarded
nearly $1 million for community health initiatives in both states in 2000.