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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 8, 2004

Agricultural Health, Safety Focus Of Oct. 21 Program In Ottumwa

Changes in agriculture mean more farm women are taking on expanded responsibilities, such as operating machinery and working with livestock. Animals, chemicals and equipment also pose specials hazards to children.

To help families reduce health risks and create a safe farm environment for both kids and adults, 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, "Protecting Women and Children's Health in Agricultural Settings."

The free program will be Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Advanced Technology Center, Room 132, at Indian Hills Community College, located at 525 Grandview Ave. in Ottumwa. 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.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling 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 UI College of Public Health. It 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.

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, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu