Project Type: Core Feasibility Education/Outreach
Project Description: Agromedicine at the Grassroots I is a one-year exploratory education, prevention, and research project whose aim is to establish the feasibility of student farm safety evaluation teams to involve students, teachers, extension agents, physicians, and local farms in agricultural health and safety exercises. This is but the first step in a long- term plan to reduce the frequency and severity of occupational injuries and illnesses in agriculture, forestry and fishing through the application of the methods of agromedicine. Still a concept confined largely to university and governmental circles, agromedicine seeks to develop at the local level a culture of cooperation among agricultural extension personnel and rural physicians to improve transmission and use of health care, health, and safety information among the farm community. Agromedicine at the Grassroots seeks to tap into familiar activities an4 persons at the local level to instill the values and processes of agromedicine in rural community and farming culture.
The specific purpose of Agromedicine at the Grassroots I is to form an agromedicine partnership at university and local levels and adapt existing and popular 4-H and FFA programs to teach and demonstrate farm health and safety in schools serving rural areas, culminating in student teams engaging in farm safety evaluation competition. This first step will pilot this idea as a model involving at least two teams. The next step (Agromedicine at the Grassroots II) will extend the model, if successful, to include additional states and additional teams within states. A significant component of this pilot project will be a formative evaluation, documenting steps taken and lessons learned in building the model. A larger, summative evaluation with outcomes assessment will be incorporated in subsequent extensions of the program.
Annual Report 2003
Presentation: Partnerships for Research, Education, and Outreach to Reduce Health Disparities among High Risk Agricultural Populations: An Alabama Story