2019 MRASH Agenda

Reframe, Refocus, Rebuild

MRASH 2019 Conference Schedule


Wednesday, November 13, 2019:

8:00-9:00 am Registration, exhibit setup
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 -10:30

Keynote Panel – Health and Safety Impacts of Emergencies and Disasters

Facilitator, Courtney Long, MS, Food Systems Program Manager, Community Economic Development, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Elayne Saejung, MS Director of Emergency Management for the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Linda Emanuel RN, Ag Producer, AgriSafe Network, Community Health Nurse

Clarissa Thompson, Executive Director, Mid-Iowa Community Action

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Building an Emergency Response Plan – Shay Foulk, BS, Ag View Solutions
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch:  Participants may elect to attend the regular lunch or participate in a Career Luncheon combining students and professionals.
1:00 – 2:00 First round: breakout sessions.
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Second round: breakout sessions
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Third round: roundtable sessions
4:30 – 6:00 Reception at the Orpheum – wine & cheese reception and local food sampler
7:00-9:30 ISU Extension’s Farm bill meeting @ Community College


Thursday, November 14: 

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:30

Case Study:  Marshalltown Tornado Response

Led by Kim Elder, Director, Marshall County Emergency. Management


What’s Current in Mental and Behavioral Health

David Brown, PhD, ISU Extension Behavioral Health Specialist

Rochelle Honey-Arcement, MS, MSW, CommUnity Crisis Center

Tammy Jacobs, Iowa State Iowa Concern Hotline

Mark Smith, MS, State Representative serving Marshalltown and Director of Special Projects at Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa

10:45- 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Small Group Discussion Topics – Where do we go from here?
12:00-1:00 Awards Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30

Participants select 1:

Stop the Bleed Workshop

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Workshop


Breakout Session Schedule –Wednesday afternoon, November 13

Breakout Session Presenters and Topics:


Room A Room B Room C – Roundtables

Session 1:

1:00-2:00 pm


1. Estimating lung cancer mortality rates in U.S. counties using Bayesian spatial models. Melissa Jay, BA, Department of Biostatistics, University of Iowa

2.       Engaging critical access hospitals in cancer control initiatives. Mary Charlton, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health (UI CPH) Department of Epidemiology

1.       Testing and use of the first pc-based tractor driving simulator to examine the impact of age and hypertension medication on selected driving performance measures. Kayla Faust, Graduate Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa

2.       What’s Happening in Telehealth. Mary DeVany, MS, Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center

What’s hurting farmers in Iowa? Data to incorporate into injury prevention conversations with rural farmers. T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP; Kanika Arora, PhD University of Iowa College of Public Health
Session 2: 2:15 – 3:15

1.       Easterseals Iowa Rural Solutions and Assistive Technology Program.  Tracy Keninger, MS CRC ATP, Easter Seals of Iowa

2.       Oh, the Places We Can Go – Planning Partnerships for Ag Safety. Kathy Leinenkugel, MPA, REHS, MT, Iowa Department of Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program

1.       Safety in Agriculture for Youth: Maintaining a National Clearinghouse.  Alyssa Damke, BS, and Aaron Yoder, PhD, University of Nebraska’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

2.       Increasing ATV Safe Riding Behaviors in Youth: FFA Members from Across the Country Respond. Charles Jennissen, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa

Community Outreach Grant Writing Skills for Rural Health Professionals. T. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health


Session 3: 3:30 – 4:30


1.       HRSA Rural Health Programs and Resources. Rae Hutchison, MSW; Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Kansas City Regional Office

2.       Homeownership Patterns Impact on Disaster Resilience: Experiences of Latino and Karen Homeowners In Post-Tornado Marshalltown. Jon Wolseth, PhD, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach—Community and Economic Development

1.       Improving Safety and Health in the Cattle Feedyard Industry.  Jill Oatman, BS, University of Nebraska’s Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

2.       Alcohol & Job-Related Injuries: Preliminary Findings from Latino Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers in the Midwest.  Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, University of Nebraska Medical Center