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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2005

Midwest Rural And Agricultural Safety And Health Forum Is Oct. 27-28

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 Oct. 27-28 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa.

The focus of the forum is "Bridge Building...Research to Practice." The event will provide updated information on agricultural and rural safety and health practices and strengthen the collaboration between researchers, practitioners, health care professionals and producers.

The forum will include presentations on successful research-to-practice programs in agriculture safety and health; ideas to overcome challenges in translating research to practice; and workforce training and culturally appropriate work environments for new employees. Other topics include farm stress and depression; injury prevention; pesticide exposure; and farm safety for children, women and senior farmers.  

John Howard, M.D., director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services, will give the keynote address, "Occupational Safety and Health Challenges for the 21st Century," on Thursday, Oct. 27. Prior to his appointment as director of NIOSH, Howard served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations from 1991 through 2002. He is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. Howard is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy.

Paul James, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Family Medicine, will present "Creating Opportunities for Health in Rural Communities through Collaboration" on Friday, Oct. 28.

Friday's agenda also will feature a panel session titled, "Listening to the Farmer's Viewpoint," with agricultural producers from the Midwest.

A limited number of free registrations and $75 stipends are available for farmers attending one or both days. 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,