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The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center is one of nine Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) throughout the United States. The center is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic, and the Minnesota Department of Health. This collaboration brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.
UMASH will initially focus on health and safety issues related to animal agriculture production. A central theme is the interrelationship between the production practices, which are primarily driven by social, economic and animal health considerations, and the health and safety conditions in the workplace. The UMASH center has currently funded projects related to health and safety in the pork production industry, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization and infection in swine veterinarians, surveillance of disease and injury in dairy farmers, surveillance of zoonotic diseases in agriculture workers, immigrant dairy worker health and safety, facilitating return to work in ill and injured workers, and establishing a multidisciplinary network to address agriculture worker health and safety issues. The center also has an outreach component to disseminate to and collect information from stakeholders. A pilot projects program will provide resources to explore new opportunities and address emerging issues. Through a collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), graduate-level evaluation interns will be involved with planning and implementation of the UMASH evaluation program to assess the impact of the UMASH center on the health and well-being of agriculture workforce in the Upper Midwest.
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is funded by a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 1 U54 OH010170.
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One Health in Agricultural Safety and Health
UMASH embraces a One Health philosophy that recognizes the connections between human, animal, and environmental
health when addressing
occupational health and safety
issues in agriculture.