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April 16, 2007

Iowa's Center For Agricultural Safety And Health Offers Training

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host a training program for health care and other health and safety professionals who deal with rural and agricultural populations.

The Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program will be offered June 11-15. The target audience includes, but is not limited to, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, veterinarians, public health workers and other health and safety professionals. Recognition of health and safety hazards; diagnosis, treatment and prevention of occupational illnesses; and injuries on farms will be emphasized.

Continuing education credits are available for physicians, physician assistants and nurses. The training program also may be taken for three graduate credit hours from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Topics to be covered include agricultural respiratory hazards, agricultural trauma, skin diseases, occupational hearing impairment, behavioral health issues, ergonomics and farming, agricultural pesticide hazards, biological hazards, and zoonoses. Hazards to special populations, including migrant and seasonal farm workers, women in farming, and children, also will be discussed. All the training sessions will be led by recognized experts in the various topic areas.

Training and certification through the Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program is required for a health care professional or clinic to become an AgriSafe provider affiliated with the AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization representing rural-based hospitals, health clinics and county health departments that provide occupational health services for the farming community.

For more information about the training sessions or to register, contact Kay Mohling at 319-335-4219, or visit the I-CASH Web site at

Based in the UI College of Public Health, I-CASH is a consortium including the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The consortium represents and helps maintain a statewide network of public and private agricultural health and safety organizations. Located on the UI Oakdale Research Campus, I-CASH's key objective is to reduce illness and injuries among Iowa's agricultural population.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,