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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 22, 2004

Midwest Rural And Agricultural Safety And Health Forum Is Nov. 18-19

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will co-sponsor the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum Nov. 18-19 at the Holiday Inn in Coralville.

The focus of the forum is "Creating Partnerships for Agricultural Health and Safety Policy." The event will help build and strengthen collaborative efforts and shape future policy for rural and agricultural safety and health.

The forum will include presentations on policy change related to rural health care services and insurance; roadway safety; the establishment of farm and safety programs; rural and environmental health; and socio-economic rural policy.

Chuck Fluharty, director of the Rural Policy Research Institute, will give the keynote address, "Community-Based Rural Policy," on Thursday, Nov. 18. Fluharty is a research professor and associate director for rural policy programs in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Fluharty also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the UMC Department of Rural Sociology. He is the 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society and 2002 USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Superior Service.

Judy Hertz of the Midwest Advocacy Institute will present a workshop on Friday, Nov. 19, on "Developing an Effective Strategy for Policy Change." Conference participants will participate in workshops to develop a strategy for policy issues related to agricultural safety and health.

Visit the I-CASH web site ( for an agenda and additional details. Conference registration materials are posted on the Web site, or are available by contacting Eileen Fisher by e-mail at

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health was established to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs. The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a comprehensive facility to study and respond to the health and safety issues associated with the practice of agriculture.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Program: Eileen Fisher, 319-335-4224,