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Around the world: International Agricultural Safety and Health Conference

Around the world: International Agricultural Safety and Health Conference

JULY 2022

In June, UMASH Outreach Director and Center Coordinator, Megan Schossow, attended the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. The theme was

From pastures to processing: Connecting people to elevate health and safety across the food system.”

 

Get your science shared by building a Media Toolkit

UMASH collaborated with partners from the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, National Farm Medicine Center, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health to present about effective communication strategies to promote agricultural health and safety.

In an oral presentation, Get your science shared by building a Media Toolkit, collaborators Melissa Ploeckelman, Devon Charlier, Cassandra Edlund, Kelsey Irvine, Scott Heiberger, Amanda Wickman, and Megan Schossow shared how to create effective and engaging media toolkits to share consistent messaging and amplify efforts to reduce hazards and improve agricultural safety and health. One key takeaway from this presentation was a strategic approach to assessing and leveraging resources, developed by UMASH Senior Communications Specialist & Analyst, Cassandra Edlund, during her time as a graduate research assistant. 

 

Telling a Story to Save a Life-Creating an Impactful First Person Narrative

In a workshop session, Telling a Story to Save a Life-Creating an Impactful First Person Narrative, collaborators Melissa Ploeckelman, Scott Heiberger, Devon Charlier, Stephanie Leonard, Ellen Duysen, Kelsey Palm, Risto Rautiainen, Aaron Yoder, and Megan Schossow discussed the process used in the Telling the Story Project from start to finish. Since 2016, the Telling the Story Project website has been visited over 28,000 times, sharing stories of fatal and non-fatal injuries with prevention messaging to communicate what went wrong and how to prevent or avoid similar incidents. The workshop provided a step-by-step playbook for creating compelling stories from first-person interviews.  

 

The justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) session

With UMASH support, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Alma Galvan presented an impactful workshop. The justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) session emphasized the need to thoughtfully create resources: to no just translate, but ‘trans-create’ by considering visual aids, language, culture, and more. Participants actively engaged with the speaker while reviewing resources, including collaborative comic books that grew out of UMASH’s Seguridad project.

After years of virtual conferences, this conference offered an excellent opportunity to learn, share ideas, and reconnect with our partners in agricultural health and safety!