The NC Agromedicine Institute is a University of North Carolina Institute.

Member Universities:
East Carolina University
North Carolina State University
NC Agricultural & Technical State University
Educating Agricultural and Health Practitioners about the Agricultural Health Study
Project Name: Educating Agricultural and Health Practitioners about the Agricultural Health Study

Principal Investigator: Julia Storm, MSPH, NC State University

Project Type: Core Education/Outreach

Project Description: The Agricultural Health Study (AHS) is a large (90,000 participants), prospective cohort study of farmers and farm families in North Carolina and Iowa and is being directed by investigators from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation in North Carolina and the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. It is the largest epidemiological study of agricultural chemical exposures and potential adverse health outcomes conducted to date in the United States, and the only one that is prospective in design. Because the Agricultural Health Study is a landmark study of agricultural exposures and health outcomes, the investigators and collaborators of this education project, as well as the principal investigators of the AHS, think it is paramount that the agricultural community and the health care providers who serve them be fully informed of the findings of the AHS and their implications for work practices and preventive care. This education project (Educating Agricultural and Health Practitioners about the Agricultural Health Study) has received enthusiastic support for and cooperation from the scientists conducting the Agricultural Health Study.

The long term goal of this education and outreach project, Educating Agricultural and Health Practitioners about the Agricultural Health Study, is to increase the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Agricultural Health Study among the following primary audiences: the agricultural community, Extension educators, and rural primary health care providers. The overall objective of this project is to develop and disseminate educational materials and training, designed specifically for these audiences, in collaboration with AHS principal investigators, AHS field directors, and collaborating agricultural and health educators.

Specifically, the educational materials to be developed to meet these goals and objectives include:

  • Print and on-line publications for the agricultural community and Extension educators summarizing and synthesizing the major findings of the Agricultural Health Study published through 2004,
  • Presentations for the 3 major audiences: agricultural community, Extension educators, and rural health providers;
  • A "frequently asked questions" document for lay and professional audiences in PDF format for on-line access,
  • An interactive, online (web-based) feature called "ask the specialist" to facilitate answers to questions from the public by the AHS investigators, and
  • Resources for Spanish-speaking agricultural workers.

The specific delivery and dissemination objectives of the project include

  • Delivering information and educational sessions, continuing professional education, and train-the-trainer sessions to agricultural and health provider audiences, primarily in the Southeast and, to a limited extent, throughout the United States;
  • Posting materials for on-line access; and
  • Sharing educational materials produced through this project with collaborators in Iowa

Project Accomplishments:

Outcome Assessment Report

Website: Understanding the Agricultural Health Study