CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Nov. 20, 2002
UI outreach program examines concentrated animal feeding operations
Dec. 4 in Ottumwa
University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association
are co-sponsoring an educational outreach program, "Public Health Impacts
of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)." The program, which
is free of charge, will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Indian Hills Community
College, Advanced Technology Center, Building 14, Quad Rooms, in Ottumwa.
A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the
5:30 to 7 p.m. program.
Kelley Donham, D.V.M., (left) UI College of Public Health professor
of occupational and environmental health, will present a summary of recent
research on CAFOs, including occupational hazards, community and environmental
health, socioeconomic impacts, and current status of policies.
Donham served on the panel of researchers from the UI College of Public
Health and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture who, at the request
of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, reviewed the public health and environmental concerns
arising from CAFOs. The resulting joint report, "Iowa Concentrated Animal
Feeding Operations Air Quality Study," was published in
Feb. 2002. Donham is also the director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety
Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to
register in advance by contacting Jasmine Grassi at (319) 335-9829 or by e-mail
This program has been planned in cooperation with Indian Hills Community
College and Ottumwa Regional Health Center. The statewide College of Public
Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by a grant from the Principal
Financial Group Foundation. More information about the educational outreach
programs, including a schedule of upcoming events, can be found at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/EOP/.