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Nov. 5, 2003

Sheridan Receives I-CASH Hall Of Fame Award

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has named Carolyn Sheridan of Greenville, Iowa, the 2003 recipient of its Hall of Fame Award. Sheridan is clinical director of AgriSafe Network, Inc.

Sheridan received the award Nov. 5 during the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Forum in Des Moines, a two-day conference hosted by I-CASH and the Iowa Rural Health Association. The award was presented by Marilyn Adams, founder and president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

As a nurse and a farmer, Sheridan has long held a genuine interest in improving health and safety within the farming community. In 1990 she was one of the first individuals to become certified as an agricultural occupational health nurse by completing I-CASH's Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program. Equipped with this training, she established an AgriSafe program of health services at Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa, the first of 22 clinics now part of the AgriSafe Network.

Created in 1987 at the UI, the AgriSafe Network became a lead program of I-CASH. Sheridan has served as the network's clinical director since 1994. In 2002, AgriSafe Network, Inc. spun off from I-CASH as a non-profit organization with Sheridan as its clinical director. The AgriSafe Network has become a model for other states interested in developing health and safety clinics for their farming communities, including Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, South Dakota, Virginia and Texas.

The breadth of the AgriSafe network is a testament to Sheridan's efforts, said Kelley Donham, D.V.M., I-CASH director and UI professor of occupational and environmental health. "Carolyn has helped bring to reality a vision of comprehensive preventive services for farmers," he said. "She attracted and solicited ideas and support from talented, dedicated people and has now helped launch the new AgriSafe non-profit organization. She has done all this during these challenging economic times in the health care industry."

AgriSafe Network, Inc. is composed of 22 clinics around the state that provide preventive occupational health services for farmers and their families. Each clinic is managed at the local level and supported financially by I-CASH; local medical entities such as hospitals and county public health departments; agribusinesses; and federal grants.

In Iowa, fully operational clinics are located in Allison, Cherokee, Dubuque, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Grundy Center, Hampton, Harlan, Humboldt, Ida Grove, Keosauqua, LeMars, Northwood, Oskaloosa, Rock Rapids, Sheldon, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Spencer, Waukon and West Union.

Clinics are operated by registered nurses who have received specialized training in agricultural health and safety coordinated by I-CASH at the UI. The type of health services the certified nurses provide in their communities range from educational programs to personal protective equipment sales to comprehensive preventive health services on a fee-for-service basis. The AgriSafe Network is currently the sole provider of I-CASH's incentive-based agricultural health and safety program called Certified Safe Farm.

AgriSafe Network, Inc. also offers continuing education for health care professionals; collaborates with researchers and national safety organizations to assist member clinics in the development of effective agricultural health and safety services; and sponsors farm safety day camps and other educational outreach activities related to farm health and safety.

I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 as a lifetime achievement award for individuals or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa. Last year's winners were L.W. (Pete) Knapp, Ph.D., UI professor emeritus, and Marilyn Adams, founder and president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

Based in the UI College of Public Health, I-CASH is a joint venture of the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; I-CASH: Eileen Fisher, 319-335-4224, eileen-fisher@uiowa.edu