From AgriSafe in Action April 2013 online newsletter
-Information on an Agricultural Respiratory Health Advisory from our friends in Nebraska regarding respiratory protection
-View the AgriSafe NC brochure here & the AgriSafe of the Albemarle Brochure here!
-National AgriSafe Network See what's happening within the AgriSafe family nationwide.
Need assistance from AgriSafe NC? Contact:
Barb Gallagher RN
Nurse Coordinator AgriSafe Network of North Carolina
(252) 744-1023 or (252) 744-1008
Outside 252 area code: 1-855-247-4723
Read below for a detailed description of services offered.
The goal of AgriSafe-NC is to improve the safety and health of North Carolina’s farmers and their families using a community based program that includes 1) clinical health exams by a specially trained health professional that checks for general wellness and specific occupational health conditions; 2) an educational program for farmers that targets occupational health and wellness information tailored to the specific farm operation; 3) assistance in the selection, fit, and use of personal protective equipment to prevent agricultural occupational illness or injuries; and 4) family advocacy services to assist farmers and their families with issues such as insurance coverage, caring for aging family members, and stress associated with farming operations. Services are provided in both clinic and community settings on a flexible schedule in order to be as accessible to farmers and their families as possible.
The AgriSafe program was founded in Iowa in 1987 and has become a national model for safeguarding farmers and their families with locations now in 16 States, including in North Carolina (NC) at a successful pilot site recently established in Johnston County. The NC site was made possible with funds for one year in the amount of $100,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Additional funding has been provided by the Rural Economic Development Center and the North Carolina Agricultural Consortium.
The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing expansion funds for AgriSafe-NC and its compliment program Certified Safe Farm-NC. Certified Safe Farm will add an on farm safety checklist component to the agricultural occupational health and safety services already being provided by AgriSafe-NC.
About AgriSafe of the Albemarle
Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS), the Hertford County Public Health Authority (HCPHA) and the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute have recently been awarded a one year grant through the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to implement the AgriSafe Program in the counties of Camden, Gates and Hertford. ARHS and the HCPHA are local public health agencies serving northeastern North Carolina.
In order to properly implement this program, ARHS has hired a registered nurse, Meredith Umphlett, to develop regional partnerships, conduct on-site screenings, provide referrals, conduct education and trainings, and provide follow-up to farms in the area. Screenings will include checks of blood pressure, blood glucose. pulmonary function, and hearing. Training will include health education, respiratory protection and farm safety.
ARHS and the HCPHA understand the impact of farms and farm workers have on our region and want to ensure the health and safety of all those impacted by the industry. Although the main focus of this program in Camden, Gates and Hertford counties. the hope is to expand this program to all seven counties served by ARHS, in addition to Hertford County and continue services for years to come.
For more information on AgriSafe of the Albemarle, contact Meredith Umphlett, RN
Albemarle Regional Health Services
711 Roanoke Ave\PO Box 189
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The AgriSafe of North Carolina and AgriSafe of the Albemarle are made possible with the support from these organizations:
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
The North Carolina Rural Center