2016 UMASH ANNUAL FORUM
PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN THE IMMIGRANT WORKFORCE IN AGRICULTURE
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
The 2016 UMASH Annual Forum entitled “Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Immigrant Workforce in Agriculture” was held at the Cargill Building on the University of Minnesota – St. Paul campus on September 29, 2016. The forum was sponsored by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) and featured keynote presentations from Lillian McDonald, ECHO Founder and Managing Director of TPT/ECHO on “Cross Cultural Communications Best Practices” and Amy Liebman, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Migrant Clinicians Network who shared about her research on “Immigrants workers in dairy – Lessons learned from producers and workers to improve health and safety on the farm.” Following the presentations, the speakers were joined by Gerardo Guerrero, Consulado de México, Saint Paul Consulate, and Deb Reinhart, a Wisconsin dairy farmer and Executive Director of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation, for a panel discussion moderated by UMASH co-director, Jeff Bender.
The forum also included a research poster session and project exhibits showcasing training and educational products produced by UMASH researchers, such as, bilingual dairy working training curriculum, dairy stockmanship training videos and barn posters, needlestick prevention resources, and agritourism training and education resources. Forty-five attendees from diverse backgrounds including healthcare, veterinary medicine, extension, occupational health and safety, research, government, agribusiness, immigrant services and human resources participated in the forum.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE 2016 FORUM
Eighteen of 43 forum attendees (42%) completed a post-event feedback survey. They told us that they increased their understanding of (a) the unique needs of immigrant workers (100%), (b) ways to improve health and wellbeing in immigrant workers (89%), and (c) barriers to healthcare (77%). Most respondents also said they made new connections at the forum (83%) and indicated they would recommend future forums to others (100%).
- “I appreciated hearing some of the challenges encountered in promoting health and safety.”
- “The presenters, the panel discussion and networking were all valuable.”
- “I appreciated hearing the stories from the farmers and researchers on what life is like for immigrant workers.”
- Building partnerships in agricultural health and safety, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)
Alexander BH, Bender J, Keifer MC
- Adapting the Haddon Matrix to Incorporate One Health Approches in Occupational Health and Animal Agriculture
Bruce H. Alexander, Jeff B. Bender, Darby Murphy
- Spheres of influence
Bendixsen C, Barnes KL, Schenk D, Perkins J, Keifer M
- On-the-Farm Screening for Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Migrant Agricultural Workers in Southeast Minnesota
Rajjo T, Rho J, Murad MH
- Worker health and safety of an integrated poultry and cropping system
Greg Schweser, Carlos Figari, and Peter Raynor
- Injuries among swine workers related to needlesticks
Jeff B. Bender, Deirdre Green, Jessica Evanson, Bruce H. Alexander
- Factors Affecting Particle and Gas Concentrations in Swine Production Facilities
Peter C Raynor, Shannon Engelman, Darby Murphy, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Jeff B. Bender, Bruce H. Alexander
- Injuries among swine workers related to swine-human interactions
Deirdre Green, Jessica Evanson, Jeff B. Bender, Bruce H. Alexander
- A Robotic Reality: Milking the Most out of Life on a Small Dairy Farm and Preparing for the Next Generation
Bryan Weichelt, PhD, MBA, Casper Bendixsen, PhD, and Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH
- Algorithmic Approach to Injured Workers: Designed for Dairy and Pork, Applicable Across Industries
Bryan Weichelt, PhD, MBA, Iris Reyes, MPH, Will Ray, BA, Andrea Mahnke, MS, Laurel Verhagen, BS, Chris Kadolph, BS, Kate L. Thomas, MA, Jeffrey Joyce, MS, Yurany Ninco-Sanchez, RN, BA, Emily Redmond, BS, Shaun Halstead, BS, Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH
- A Culturally Appropriate Health and Safety Intervention for Immigrant Dairy Workers
Amy K Liebman, MPA, MA, Iris Reyes, MPH , Patricia Juárez-Carrillo, MPH, PhD, Yurany Ninco Sanchez, Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH
- Public perceptions of agricultural worker safety results from the ‘what’s behind your food?’ survey
Kampa DM, Ryan AD, Rasmussen R, Alexander BH
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