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University of Iowa News Release

April 5, 2006

I-CASH Offers Agricultural Occupational Health Training

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host a training program for health care professionals who treat farmers, farm families and other rural residents.

The Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program will be offered during two sessions, from May 30-June 1 and June 1-3. Nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and other health care providers are invited to participate. Continuing education credits are available for physicians and nurses. The training program also may be taken for three graduate credit hours from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Topics to be discussed include agricultural respiratory hazards, agricultural trauma, skin diseases, occupational hearing impairment, behavioral health issues, ergonomics and farming, agricultural pesticide hazards, biological hazards and zoonoses. Hazards to special populations, including migrant and seasonal farm workers, farm women, children, elderly and the Amish also will be discussed. All the training sessions will be led by recognized experts in the various topic areas.

Training and certification through the Agricultural Occupational Health Training Program is required for a health care professional or clinic to become a member of the AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization representing rural-based hospitals, health clinics and county health departments that provide occupational health services for the rural community.

For more information about the training sessions or to register, contact Kay Mohling at 319-335-4219, or visit the I-CASH Web site at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash.

Based in the UI College of Public Health, I-CASH is a consortium including the UI, 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.