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Release: Aug. 21, 2002

Donham receives award from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Kelley Donham, D.V.M., director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), was honored by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) at its general membership meeting July 20 in Nashville, Tenn.

Donham received the ACVPM's Helwig-Jennings Award for sustained and lasting contributions to the field of veterinary preventive medicine and public health. Donham is past president of the ACVPM and has been a diplomat of the organization since 1977.

The ACVPM is one of the oldest and largest of the veterinary scientific specialty boards. Its members are involved in infectious disease control, environmental health, health management and public health practice.

Donham, who also is a professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is recognized for his scientific work related to environmental health, especially the health effects of livestock operations on humans and animals, and livestock operations' impact on community health. His other research interests include occupational and environmental hazards in agriculture, the delivery of occupational health services to rural communities, and infectious diseases acquired from animals or the environment.

Established by state legislation in 1990 and headquartered at the UI, I-CASH is a cooperative venture with Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The I-CASH mission is to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs.

I-CASH programs include the Iowa AgriSafe Network, made up of 25 agricultural health clinics around Iowa providing preventive health and safety services to farmers and farm families, and I-CASH's voluntary Certified Safe Farms program, an initiative that provides insurance discounts and other incentives for farmers who undergo preventive health screenings and education, and whose farms pass a safety inspection.