AgriSafe in Action: May 2019
May is Mental Health Month
Join the U.S. Ag Safety and Health Centers’ effort to promote resources for farmers and rural communities. In response to growing concerns about the lack of resources and support for farm workers and families who are facing difficult economic conditions and higher rates of suicide in rural and agricultural communities, the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are actively participating in Mental Health Month (May 2019).

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide remains a significant public health concern and is among the top ten causes of death nationwide. Farmers have been identified as a high-risk population, with suicide rates consistently above those of the general population. Farm work includes many factors that are also related to suicide risk, including economic volatility, social isolation, and managing chronic pain. Stigma and privacy concerns in the agricultural community are associated with mental health issues. 

Weekly themes:
  • Science of Stress and Suicide Risk – Week 1 (April 29 – May 5)
  • Referral Resources – Week 2 (May 6 – May 12)
  • Coping with Substance Abuse/Opioids – Week 3 (May 13 – May 19)
  • Cultivating Resiliency – Week 4 (May 20 – May 26)
  • Stop the Stigma – Week 4 (May 20 – May 26)

To access U.S. Ag Centers Mental Health Awareness Campaign's Promotional Toolkit: Click Here!
AgriSafe Team Grows
AgriSafe is proud to announce the newest member of our team, Ansley StPierre! Ansley will serve as a Program Manager and will be responsible for managing the new AgriSafe Learning Lab System, which includes the diverse AgriSafe trainings and resources.
Ansley previously served as the Health Communications Intern for AgriSafe. She will be graduating from LSUHSC New Orleans School of Public Health this May with her Master's of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She has a particular interest in improving the health of workers .

Ansley can be reached at   , please help us welcome her to AgriSafe! 
Nurse Scholar Spotlight
Jean M. Matthews, MSN, RN
Jean Matthews is a dynamic health care professional who has always been true to her farming roots. Jean grew up working on her family's farm in Colerain, NC where they raised corn, peanuts, soybeans, tobacco, cotton, and livestock. She is currently employed with the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at East Carolina University where she works primarily doing health assessments with farmers, fishers, and loggers at a rural federally qualified health care center in Ahoskie. She said that working with these populations made the Nurse Scholar program topics extremely applicable to her practice.

Any nurse who works in a rural setting would find the information learned during the Nurse Scholar Program beneficial ” states Jean.

AgriSafe is fortunate to also have Jean serve on our board of directors. We appreciate her commitment to the field!
To learn more about the Nurse Scholar Click Here!
Featured Invest in Your Health Topic
This Train the Trainer course is designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults. This course is equipped with a Zoonosis Bingo game, making learning fun and interactive.

AgriSafe offers Invest In Your Health Trainer Exchanges where professional can be certified to train on five AgriSafe modules (targeted for ages 16-23). Course instruction and training materials are free of charge. Click for more information on free on-demand webinars for the IYH program.
Physical Health Promotion in Agriculture
Click here for free online video-based learning series through June 15, 2019.  
Upcoming FREE Webinars in May
Hazard Communications Standards

Dan Neenan , MBA, Paramedic 
Director, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety 

Monday, May 20, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00PM CDT
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose

Heather Lyons-Burney, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Ergonomic Safety for Farm Women

Charlotte Halverson , RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00PM CDT
Save the Date!
Upcoming Events in Agriculture
Iowa City, Iowa, June 10-14
Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals : Omaha, Nebraska, July 9-12,
CAIP Workshop: Des Moines, Iowa, June 23-24
ISASH Conference 2019
The 2019 ISASH Conference will be held in Des Moines Iowa, June 24-27, 2019 and registration is NOW OPEN, click on the picture below for more information!
Western Ag Safety & Health Conference
Seattle, Washington