Two-day seminar focuses on health, safety needs of agricultural population

Monday, October 9, 2000

A two-day seminar focusing on the "Health and Safety Needs of the Agricultural Population" is being held at Spencer Municipal Hospital on Oct. 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

"This seminar provides a rare opportunity for medical professionals and others in our corner of the state to have access to this information first hand," commented Kristi Fisher, staff member with Spencer Hospital's AgriSafe Program, who is helping coordinate the program. "Nurses, physicians and social workers will be able to earn continuing education credits for their participation in this seminar."

The aim of the seminar is to introduce health care and community service providers to the unique health and safety needs of the agricultural population. Topics addressed will include Rural Health vs. Agricultural Medicine; Mental Health Issues in the Farming Community; Acute Trauma and Prevention of Agricultural Injuries and Farm Evaluation Tour; Farm Program (resource for disabled farm workers); Economic Issues Among the Farming Community and Clinical and Educational Resources to Serve the Farming Community.

The seminar is being co-sponsored by Spencer Hospital's AgriSafe Program and the University of Iowa's Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) program.

The seminar fee is $60 which includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks both days. The registration deadline is Oct. 13 and class size is limited to 50 attendees. To register or for more information, contact Kristi Fisher, AgriSafe of Spencer Hospital, 1217 Second Ave. E., Spencer, Iowa 51301, or call 712-264-6579.

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