MRASH 2016

2016 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 15

8:00-8:30am Registration, exhibit setup
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome by GPCAH Director Renée Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP
9:00 -9:45 Agricultural Health and Safety by Design Keynote:  Wayne Bauer, retired Director of Safety and Security, Star of the West Milling Company
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 12:00 Panel:  Perspectives on Safety by Design, Moderator Carolyn Sheridan, RN, BSN, AgriSafe Clinical Director.
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch. Special lunch space for students and agricultural safety and health career representatives.
1:00 – 2:00 First round of breakout sessions 

Great View Room:

1.       Comprehensive Grain Safety Training Program & Resources. Robert A. Aherin, PhD, CSP. University of Illinois and Grain Handling Safety Coalition.

2.       A statistical analysis of feedback surveys from The Grain Handling Safety Coalition Train the Trainer Program to determine preferred teaching methods to grain bin safety educators. Jaime Thissen, Graduate Research Fellow, NIOSH Trainee, University of Illinois Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering.

South West Hall:

1.       Reaching Farmers with Safety and Health Resources. Shari Burgus, Med, EdS, Farm Safety For Just Kids.

 2.       How rural male farmers in southwest Ontario seek health information for farm-related injury and other health issues. Bradley Hiebert, PhD candidate, The University of Western Ontario.

South East Hall:

1.       It Takes a Village: Challenges and Strategies for Preventing ATV and ROV Deaths and Injuries in Rural Communities. Gerene Denning, PhD, Director of Emergency Medicine Research, University of Iowa.

2.       Occupational & Recreational Side-by-Side Vehicle Exposure, Safety Behaviors, & Crash Experiences of Iowa Future Farmers of America Members. Charles Jennissen, MD, University of Iowa.

2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Second round of breakout sessions 


Great View Room:

1.     Perceptions of public health science among broiler chicken growers, a qualitative approach. Brandi Janssen, PhD, Matthew Nonnenmann, PhD; The University of Iowa.

2.       Perceptions of Occupational Health and Safety among Latino Immigrant Hog CAFO Workers. Athena Ramos, S, MBA, CPM, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

South West Hall:

1.       Training student pharmacists to become partners in agricultural health and safety. Kelly A. Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.

 2.       Sorting through the Spheres of Influence. Casper Bendixen, PhD, Marshfield Clinic.

C.South East Hall:

1.       Making the Grade: Health & Safety Training for Teens. Carolyn Sheridan, BSN, AgriSafe Network.

2.       Safety Principles that Apply to Multiple Agricultural Tasks for Youth. Debra Erickson, Masters in Agricultural Education student, Iowa State University.

3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Third round of breakout sessions 

Great View Room:

1.       A summary of injuries reported at swine production companies. Jessica Evanson, DVM, MPH, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota.

 2.       On-the-Farm Screening for Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Migrant Agricultural Workers in Southeast Minnesota (A Pilot Prospective Study). Tamim Rajjo, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic.

South West Hall:

1.       Traumatic agricultural injuries in Nebraska: Exploring the use of trauma registry data for surveillance. Ketki Patel, MD, MPH, Office of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

 2.       Humpty Dumpty Spends a Year on the Farm.  Kathy Leinenkugel, MPA, Iowa Department of Public Health.

South East Hall:

1.       Health Outcomes among Beginning Farmers. Maya Ramaswamy, MEng, University of Iowa.

 2.       Protecting Young Adults in the Agricultural Workforce. Charlotte Halverson, BSN, COHN-S, AgriSafe Network.

4:30 – 6:00 Poster Session Reception

Dinner on your own


Wednesday, November 16

8:00-8:30am Registration
8:30 – 9:30 Welcome from I-CASH Director Brandi Janssen, PhD.
Challenges at Home and Work for Agricultural Employees keynote, Diane Rohlman, PhD University of Iowa.
9:30-9:45 Break and Move to Concurrent Panels
9:45 – 10:45

Concurrent Panels:

1. Immigrant & Migrant Workers

2. Behavioral Health

3. Grain Handling Safety

10:45 – 11:00 Break and Move into Table Groups
11:00 – 12:00pm

Small Group Discussions – Making it Local, Community-level Collaborations:

Small group table discussions on working together, next steps.

2016 MRASH Discussion Summary:  Behavioral Health, Safe Grain Handling, Immigrant Workers, Manure Pits, Risk Management

12:00 – 1:00 Awards Luncheon
1:00 – 5:00 Agricultural Health Fair and Safety Exposition