12:00pm - 1:30pm
The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has profoundly affected humans on a global scale in a noticeably short time. Individuals working in agriculture are essential workers and are naturally at increased risk of negative health and economic consequences from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This presentation will highlight protective measures ag employers can take to reduce transmission of infectious diseases including the new COVID-19 Delta variant. Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor, “Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan” will be reviewed throughout the presentation. This presentation will also promote the use of mitigation strategies including COVID-19 vaccines, current evidence-based resources addressing vaccine confidence and workplace infection control.
Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Charlotte serves as the Clinical Director for AgriSafe. Before this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa. She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation, and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
Natalie Roy, MPH
Executive Director, AgriSafe Network
As Executive Director of AgriSafe for over nineteen years, Natalie utilizes her public health training to improve the quality of health care offered to farm families. Natalie leads national initiatives to reduce health disparities common among agricultural communities. Prior to AgriSafe, Natalie worked extensively at the academic level as well as within the public health delivery system.