2018 MRASH Agenda

MRASH 2018 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Immigrant Farm Workers Health & Safety

12:00 – 1:00 Registration and Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Overview from 40,000 Feet: Mark Grey, Ph.D, Director of The Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, University of Northern Iowa.
2:00 – 3:00 Case Studies and Q&A Session – Dr. Grey
3:00 – 4:00 Panel of immigrants from several different cultures tell their stories followed by Q&A

Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Conference Full Day

8:00-9:00 am Registration, Exhibit setup
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 -10:15

Planning and Management, Keys to Reducing Stress and Improving Resilience in Agriculture.

Dick Wittman, MBA, Idaho Rancher & Farm Business Consultant

10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00

Panel: Perspectives on Planning and Management. Iowa farmers who have worked to

incorporate safety & health into business practices: Brad Forristall, David Rosmann, Josie Rozum.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch. Special lunch space for students and agricultural safety & health career reps.
1:00 – 2:00 First round of breakout sessions
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Second round of breakout sessions
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Third round of breakout sessions
4:30 – 6:00 Poster Session & Reception followed by dinner on your own

Flash Talks included during Poster Reception:

·         My Wellbeing: What About Me?, Barbara Fuller, ISU Extension

·         Pesticide Drift Story Mapping Project, Amy Kopale, University of Iowa

·         Social Media Messaging; What Gets Viewers Engaged? Melissa Ploeckelman, NFMC

·         Safety in Agriculture for Youth: Maintaining a National Clearinghouse, Aaron Yoder, UNMC

6:00 – 9:00 Workshop: Anhydrous Safety Training for Firefighters & Emergency Responders only

Thursday, November 29: Conference Final Day

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30 – 10:30

Storytelling: How to Make Positive Changes When Lives Change: Stephanie Leonard, MS, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health; Ellen Duysen, MPH, CAOH, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH); Scott Heiberger, Communications Manager, and

Melissa Ploeckelman, Outreach Specialist, both from the National Farm Medicine Center; Leon Sheets, farmer storyteller; Delaney Howell, ag journalist.

10:30- 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Small Group Discussion Topics – Where do we go from here? Each topic will have a facilitator and recorder.
12:00-1:00 Awards Luncheon
1:00-2:30 Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Workshop: Dan Neenan, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.


Breakout Session Presenters and Topics: Wednesday, November 28, 2018


  Room A Room B Room C

Session 1:



1.       Gear up for AG Health and Safety™Ag College Program Implications for International Expansion and Examination of Student Data from Around the Globe. Carolyn Sheridan, RN, BSN, Ag Health & Safety Alliance

2.       Can You Hear Me Now? Hope So. Implementation and Evaluation of Hearing Conservation Outreach for Youth Working in Agriculture. Ellen Duysen, MPH, CAOH, CS-


1.       Injury Surveillance: An Evaluation of Online vs. Mailed Surveys. Kelsie Musil, MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

2.       Occ. Health Safety Indicators for Selected Greenhouse Production Facilities in N America for Sustainable Management & Implementation. Jaime Thissen, University of Illinois

1.       Creating Enduring Resources for Farm Safety Education. Bernard R. Geschke, Progressive Ag Foundation

2.       Ready to Farm: Engagement of Farm Women in Health and Safety. Linda M Emanuel, R.N., Agriculture Producer, Community Health Nurse

Session 2:

2:15 – 3:15

1.       Effect of Nitrosamine (NNAT) on Embryogenesis: Evidence from a Study Using Avian Embryos Exposed to NNAT. Moses New-Aaron MPH, MLS (ASCP), UNMC

2.       Health Indicators among a Cohort of Midwest Farmers. Kelley J. Donham MS, DVM, DACVPM, University of Iowa Emeritas

1.       Protecting Farm Workers’ Hearing through Personalized, Automated Training. Thomas Peters, PhD, CIH, University of Iowa

2.       Exposure, Crashes, and Deaths Related to the Use of All-Terrain Vehicles for Spraying. Charles Jennissen, MD, University of Iowa

1.       Enhancing Rural Nursing Practice Through Distance Learning. Charlotte Halverson BSN, COHN- S, AgriSafe

2.       Stressing Health and Safety to a Stubborn Audience. Kathy Leinenkugel, MPA,

Iowa Dept. of Public Health


Session 3:

3:30 – 4:30

Evaluation Methods to Measure Ag Center End Outcomes.

·         Mary Wendl, MSA, BSN,COHN-S; CS-CASH

·         Mary Cramer, PhD, CS-CASH;

·         Fernando Wilson, PhD, UNMC;

·         Annie Keeney, PhD; High Plains Inter-Mountain Center for Ag Health & Safety

·         Kanika Arora, PhD, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

Livestock Safety

·         Improving Safety and Health in the Cattle Feedyard Industry. Dan Kent, UNMC

·         Occupational injuries among Latino immigrant cattle feedyard workers in the Central States region. Athena

K. Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, UNMC

·         Establishing Best Practices to Improve the Health & Safety

of Tribal Bison Workers. Lucia Finocchiaro, UNMC

Stress/Behavioral Health Roundtable. Christine Chasek, PhD, University of Nebraska, Kearney