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University of Iowa News Release

July 7, 2004

UI To Host Program On Farm Safety For Kids July 20 In Ottumwa

Each year more than 100 children die and thousands more are injured on farms and ranches across the United States. To help families protect children from agricultural hazards, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Indian Hills Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Keeping Farm Kids Safe."

The free program will be Tuesday, July 20 at the Tom Arnold Net Center, Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave., in Ottumwa, Iowa. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 7:30 p.m. program and discussion.

The program will include presentations by Kelley Donham, D.V.M., UI professor of occupational and environmental health and director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), and Marilyn Adams, spokesperson, founder and president of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. An overview of the AgriSafe Network will also be provided.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Brooke Norris at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

The mission of I-CASH is to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs. I-CASH is headquartered at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. It is a joint venture of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) is a non-profit organization working to promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to children and youth. Marilyn Adams founded the organization in 1987 following the death of her 11-year-old son, Keith, in a gravity flow wagon of shelled corn on the family's Iowa farm. Today the organization produces and distributes educational materials for farm safety. A chapter network of grassroots volunteers also has been established throughout the United States and Canada.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs and continuing education credit can be found at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/outreach/eops/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu; Program: Brooke Norris, 319-384-5485.