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University of Iowa News Release

April 3, 2003

I-CASH To Host Agricultural Occupational Health Sessions

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host a training program for health care professionals who treat and help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries on the farm.

The Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program will be offered during two sessions, from May 14-16 and from June 18-20. Nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and other health care providers are invited to participate. Both sessions are approved for continuing education credits for physicians and nurses. Additionally, the course may be taken for three graduate credit hours from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Topics to be discussed include: agricultural health care delivery; respiratory illness; acute trauma; skin diseases; noise induced hearing loss; behavioral health issues; ergonomics and farming; agricultural toxicology; biological hazards; zoonoses; and other topics. All the training sessions will be led by recognized experts in the various topic areas.

For more information about these training sessions or to register, contact Kay Mohling at (319) 335-4219, or visit the web site at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash.

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is a consortium including the University of Iowa, 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, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Writer: Jessie Rolph