CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Aug. 21, 2002
Donham receives award from the American College of Veterinary Preventive
Donham, D.V.M., director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
(I-CASH), was honored by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
(ACVPM) at its general membership meeting July 20 in Nashville, Tenn.
Donham received the ACVPM's Helwig-Jennings Award for sustained and lasting
contributions to the field of veterinary preventive medicine and public health.
Donham is past president of the ACVPM and has been a diplomat of the organization
The ACVPM is one of the oldest and largest of the veterinary scientific
specialty boards. Its members are involved in infectious disease control,
environmental health, health management and public health practice.
Donham, who also is a professor of occupational and environmental health
in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is recognized for his
scientific work related to environmental health, especially the health effects
of livestock operations on humans and animals, and livestock operations' impact
on community health. His other research interests include occupational and
environmental hazards in agriculture, the delivery of occupational health
services to rural communities, and infectious diseases acquired from animals
or the environment.
Established by state legislation in 1990 and headquartered at the UI, I-CASH
is a cooperative venture with Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of
Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The I-CASH mission is to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural
community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs.
I-CASH programs include the Iowa AgriSafe Network, made up of 25 agricultural
health clinics around Iowa providing preventive health and safety services
to farmers and farm families, and I-CASH's voluntary Certified Safe Farms
program, an initiative that provides insurance discounts and other incentives
for farmers who undergo preventive health screenings and education, and whose
farms pass a safety inspection.