A Year of Growth 2019
Nurse Scholar Program
Total Farmer Health
AgriSafe in Action: 2019
Message: Board Chair
Safety in Agriculture: Women's Health
2019 AgriSafe in Action
Opioid Misuse Prevention Program & Veterans' Project
Table of Contents
Invest in Your Health Program
Stories from the Field
2019 Financial Statement
Message Executive Director: Our First Job
Carla Wilhite, OTR
A Message from our chair
The mission is clear: to support a growing network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals that assure access to preventative services for farm families and the agricultural community resulting in total health. But accomplishing the mission involves the intelligent design and delivery of targeted and tailored content, products, and especially, emphasis on delivering education and knowledge. Accomplishing the mission means seeking out expertise and consultation from the very best practitioners in agricultural health and safety, including agricultural producers and workers. Accomplishing the mission means making sure the organization has the financial resources, the key people, and the essential leadership capabilities to meet the challenges and find the opportunities to “do right” by our agricultural community and workforce. AgriSafe is the team. We invite you to continue reading about the events, activities, and pro-active work of AgriSafe. From leading on the front lines during unprecedented flood events in Nebraska and other Missouri River states, to the considerable yearly activities in educating nurse scholars and other health professionals (including a new state of the art on-line learning lab); AgriSafe demonstrates getting results in protecting those who raise our food, fiber, and fuel. As a non-profit organization dedicated to a trained agricultural health workforce resulting in holistic farmer health, I can simply say, it is value-added.
AgriSafe has proven yet again that a small, but committed team of people can get powerful results.
A Message from our Executive Director
AgriSafe is responsible for identifying emerging threats, organizing solutions and deploying trusted staff and colleagues to make an impact. In 2019 AgriSafe responded to emerging public health threats such as winter flooding in the Midwest, rise in rural opioid deaths and farm stressors that challenged the mental health of farmers. We continue our response to these issues well into 2020 in addition to responding to the Covid-19 pandemic that is hitting our nation and testing our public health infrastructure. As stated recently by many leaders, PUBLIC HEALTH is everyone’s second job. For those of us working at AgriSafe, PUBLIC HEALTH is our first job.
None of us anticipated the current crisis of a Covid-19 pandemic but with steadfast resolve we aim to help stop the transmission, and stop the threats to farmers, ranchers and farmworkers. Our weekly Covid-19 Think Tanks serve as strategy to rapidly disseminate important information across the globe. We joined forces with the experts at the 11 federally funded NIOSH agricultural centers to catalog the wealth of resources, trainings and guidance being generated in real time on the pandemic.
Yes, we are all working harder but we must continue to work smarter. We can’t afford to work in isolation even though we are being isolated. If you are not already a partner within AgriSafe’s broad network, join us. By becoming an official member of AgriSafe you demonstrate that by joining forces we can do so much more. Our roots began in 2003 with nurses who believed in the power of collaboration. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic we are rooted in that strength-together we will advance public health measures to Protect the People who Feed the World.
For those of us working at AgriSafe, PUBLIC HEALTH is our first job.
Natalie Roy, MPH
Meet the team: 2019 Staff
Ansley Fey, MPH
Charlotte Halverson, BSN, COHN-S
Stacey Jenkins, BS
Website and Online Director
Natalie Roy, MPH
Linda Emanuel, RN
Community Health Nurse
Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH
Health Communications Director
MPH student at LSUHSC
Invest in Your Health program
MPH student at LSUHSC
Health Communications intern
Meet the team: 2019 Interns
Ansley Fey, MPH
MPH graduate at LSUHSC
Health Communications intern,
currently AgriSafe Program Manager
MPH student at Tulane University
Opioid Misuse Prevention program
Undergraduate student at Tulane University,
Marketing intern Opioids Project
Over 1000 Volunteer
MPH student at Tulane University,
Data Analyst for various programs
MPH student at
Columbia Southern University
Women's Health Outreach Coordinator
Leigh Ann Williams
MPH student at LSUHSC
Invest in your Health program
Non-profit excellence is reflected on an organization’s ability to direct contributions to program needs rather than operations. AgriSafe operational costs consistently fall under 20% of the total budget with the most recent year operating at only 18% of the total budget.
Non-profit excellence is reflected on an organization’s ability to direct contributions to program needs rather than operations. AgriSafe operational costs consistently fall under 20% of the total budget with the most recent year operating at only 16% of the total budget.
82% Direct Program Costs
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
Support & Revenue
Change in Net Assets
Net Assets at beginning of year
Net Assets at end of year
Program-Training & Tech
Program- Communications & PR
Program Resource Development
AgriSafe launches new online learning platform!
AgriSafe programs expanded both in topics and impact. We added training topics to address health disparities such as opioid misuse, workplace violence and mental health. Partnerships with farm media were solidified and allowed us to reach thousands of farmers across the country. Countless radio, TV and print media interviews resulted in news stories that educated on prevention tips and action-oriented approaches to respond to emerging health threats.
AgriSafe reached a potential 58.53 million people through traditional and social media outlets between January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Areas of impact can be seen in the map below.
2019 was a year of growth!
Facebook 2019 % Increase
Likes 1,114 14.5%
Followers 1,238 23.4%
Total Reach 204K
LinkedIn 2019 % Increase
Followers 177 53.1%
Page Views 332 30.1%
AgriSafe launched its new learning management system in the spring of 2019. All resources and trainings are now housed together on one learning platform, allowing users to access materials when it is convenient for their schedule. Learners can track their individual progress and download a certificate for each completed training.
The purpose of our Stories from the Field project is to give voice to people who have experienced hardship that challenges their ability to farm or who sought farming as a method to overcome hardship. When we share first person narratives, we open public health dialogue that can stimulate action. We are thankful to both Carrie Portell and Cindy Stockamp for their dedication of time and self-discovery. We hope their stories aid in your work to understand the many facets of agriculture and how the farm can be a place of healing.
Stories from the field:
Real stories from real people
Carey Portell was hit by a drunk driver. Her story of overcoming many barriers to continue to work in agriculture is inspiring. Thank you, Carey, for sharing your story.
Yoga the AgriSafe Way
Veterans face many challenges while on active duty and when they transition home. Cindy Stockamp has dedicated her life to her country and has overcome many obstacles. AgriSafe would like to thank Cindy for her continued service!
USDA Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Award
AgriSafe received $480,000 in FY 19 funds to lead a regional network of organizations who are dedicated to reducing farm stress. Known as the Southern Region Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (S-FRSAN), the network aims to develop innovative programs and expand on best public health practices to meet the increasing needs of southern farm families.
DEDICATION TO THE MIND AND BODY
Total Farmer Health =
Healthy Mind + Healthy Body
Healthy minds and bodies are an outcome of Total Farmer Health. Through a new initiative, AgriSafe trained 300 rural health care professionals and 200 rural leaders to recognize potential signs and symptoms of stress, identify people who may be in need of mental health support, and connect them with resources for information and care.
We believe that with proper education and access to knowledgeable health professionals, farmers can live a happy, healthy and productive life.
there to meet the need
The long standing partnership between AgriSafe and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) allowed these two organizations to launch a rapid public health response to the 2019 winter floods. Communities throughout the Midwest received flood recovery training, personal protective equipment and agricultural health services as a result of an established relationship between AgriSafe and CS-CASH. AgriSafe embraces an organizational culture that is responsive to these emerging health threats and is ready to activate trusted partnerships.
"The course is needed for nurses with little knowledge about agricultural health and safety issues. Of course the biggest challenge is recruiting these folks for generally they do not know what they do not know or need to know."
-Susan Jones, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, AgriSafe Nurse Scholar
Nurses and farmers have many characteristics in common. They have a strong work ethic, their work brings nourishment to people and they value team work. AgriSafe recognized back in 2003 that nurses are on the frontline caring for occupational related health conditions that farmers face. AgriSafe was formed to give back to those nurses and raise their competency to care for the agricultural community. We are proud to have just completed the second year of the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar training program with 31 graduates in 2019. Our Nurse Scholar program blends excellence in distance education with expert instructors many of whom are also nurse leaders.
Courses taught include:
Increasing the Use of Hearing Protection Among Farmers: Best Practices
Health and Safety Issues of the Aging Farmer
Prevention of Heat-Related Illnesses in Agriculture
Respiratory Health of Agricultural Producers in Clinical Practice
Identification of Skin Diseases Common to the Agricultural Industry
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Ergonomics: Case Study
The Opioid Crisis: Evolution, Impact on Workers, Mitigation Strategies
Integration of Behavioral Health for Rural Practice
Allergic and Non-Allergic Respiratory Disease in Farmers
Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection for Agricultural Producers
Zoonoses: Infectious Diseases We Share with Animals in the Farm Environment
Prevention Strategies to Protect Women Working in Agriculture
Safeguarding Children Who Live and Work on Farms: A Clinician's Guide
Health and Well-Being of Immigrant and Migrant Farmworkers
Head to Toe Personal Protective Equipment
Chemical/Pesticide Exposures and Health Effects in Agricultural Communities
In 2019 AgriSafe trained 31 Nurse Scholars from all over the United States, as well as in Canada.
Interested in sponsoring the Nurse Scholar Program? Checkout this video to learn more!
Meet the Nurse Scholars!
We asked our graduates why they enrolled in the training and we found that one common thread they all shared was the desire to serve their farming community. Be inspired by their stories in the video below.
The newly developed two- page “Ready to Farm” resource was created to address ergonomic issues with women who work in agriculture. The tool associates common farm tasks with associated muscles and poses to improve muscle strength and flexibility. This tool has also been translated to Spanish.
Ashlee Then, Operations Program Manager at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Farms in Northeast Iowa
Marie Reed, BSN, RN, Retired Public Health and Safety Specialist, Community Health, Texas Dept. of State Health Services. Currently Farms in Anderson County, Texas
2019 Women's Advisory Council
Shari Kuther, RN, Director of Population Health for St. Mary’s Clearwater Valley Hospital in Cottonwood and Orofino, Idaho
Dr. Amber Adams-Progar, Assistant Professor and Dairy Management Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University
Amy Rademaker, Rural Health and Farm Safety Specialist at Carle Foundation Hospital, Illinois
Jessica Wilburn, RN, MSN, CEN, AgriSafe North Carolina Nurse Coordinator and co-owner of a registered Angus seed stock farm
Jena Ziemba, RN, BSN, ICU Nurse at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska and also farms with her family
Safety in Agriculture:
AgriSafe developed “Reproductive Health Exposures for Women in Agriculture” resource which identifies top agricultural exposures and their risks for pregnant women. This is also available in Spanish.
Page two of the “Reproductive Health Exposures for Women in Agriculture” resource features a special section on personal protective equipment for pesticide use. The resource focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency statement on pesticide use for pregnant women.
AgriSafe trained a total of 546 people with a focus on women ag producers in the United States. In 2019, we launched 3 new topics and developed 2 new resources including Spanish resources. This work wouldn't have been possible without our key stakeholders on the 2019 Women's Advisory Council.
Hazard Communication Standards
Ergonomic Safety for Farm Women
Reducing the Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Perinatal Illness
Promise 2.0 Opioid Misuse Prevention for Health Care Professionals
AgriSafe responded to the Farm Town Strong survey by the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation which found that as many as 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis. AgriSafe developed in partnership with health care professionals the following four trainings to target Mississippi providers. In 2019, seven webinar trainings were presented to a total of 257 participants. AgriSafe presented at three national conferences to a total of 90 participants.
Talking to Farmers About Their Pain
Presenters: Dr. Ali Hartman, Consulting PT, DPT, CF-L1, Pro-Activity North Carolina and Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH, Health Communications Director, AgriSafe Network
Safety Sensitivity of Opioid Use in High Hazardous Industries Such as Agriculture
Presenters: Heather Lyons-Burney, Pharm.D., UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU,
Ann Marie Butler Kemp, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Natalie Roy, MPH, Executive Director, AgriSafe Network
Assessment of Opioid Misuse Risk Among Farmers in the Clinical Setting
Presenters: Dr. Ali Hartman, Consulting PT, DPT, CF-L1, Pro-Activity North Carolina
Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Agricultural Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers (Extra Topic Offered)
Presenter: Heather Lyons-Burney, Pharm.D., UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU
Rural veterans are a unique population with a health profile distinguished by complex experiences. Military service culture, gender, deployment experiences, and generational differences can impact the health of the veteran farmer. AgriSafe dedicated the last six months of 2019 to researching the occupational health risk factors for veteran farmers thru an extensive literature review and by hosting a virtual Think Tank.
Lessons learned in 2019 are now being put into practice through webinars focusing on healthcare access, mental and behavioral health, sleep and other topics identified by our research.
Opioid MisUSe Prevention
AgriSafe continues to focus on youth in agriculture. Though our open share platform, five modules were developed for agricultural educators and youth leaders, which includes curriculum, classroom recordings and classroom activities. In 2019, 145 trainers are now equipped to train on the following topics:
Say What? Protecting your Hearing
Cover up! Head to Toe Personal Protective Equipment
Stay Cool! Prevention of Heat Related Illness
Stop Zoonosis in its Tracks - Prevention of Zoonosis
Where Y’at? Using Mapping to Define Hazards in Agriculture
2019 National FFA Convention AgriSafe participated in the Ag Health & Safety Section during the 92nd FFA National Convention. As an activity for FFA students, AgriSafe had a live demonstration of “Tracking Zoonosis Bingo.”
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