Natalie Loots UMASH Evaluation Team Research Assistant, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Relationships
This project will develop and hold a new series of workshops called “Healthy Fairs.” The goal of these workshops is to bring together county fair employees, petting zoo operators, public health agencies, animal health agencies, and the University of Minnesota to begin to establish relationships built on trust and respect.
By involving stakeholders from human health, animal health, and environmental health we are taking a One Health approach to address these issues. These workshops will be held regionally in out-state locations on an annual basis and will occur prior to the beginning of fair season. They will be half-day workshops that combine lecture, small group discussion, and large group discussion. Issues regarding how to operate animal venues in a safe and healthy manner will be discussed. Ideas for low cost interventions will be discussed with the hope that fairs and petting zoos will implement them.
These workshops are important for agriculture in the Upper Midwest because fairs and petting zoos are often the only opportunity agricultural workers have to interact with the average consumer. We want to help the agriculture community ensure these interactions are positive by keeping everyone healthy and safe. Feedback will be solicited from attendees at the end of each workshop and after their fair season has ended. A tiered goal system will be implemented with each successive year of the workshops aiming for longer term, higher cost interventions.
- MN Department of Health Healthy Fairs Website
- UMASH Healthy Fairs Workshops
- UMASH Project: Surveillance for Zoonotic Diseases in Agricultural Workers in Minnesota
- UMASH Agritourism Resources
- UMASH Resource Database
Fairs and petting zoos are often the only opportunity agricultural workers have to interact with the average consumer.
- Klumb C, Thompson B, Diaz S, Smith K, Scheftel J. Healthy Fairs Workshops: A One Health Approach to Improving Health and Safety at County Fairs in Minnesota. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. October 20, 2014.
- Scheftel J. E. coli O157:H7 Outbreaks at Minnesota County Fairs Associated with a Traveling Petting Zoo. Minnesota Federation of County Fairs Annual Conference. Bloomington, MN. January 17, 2015.
- Scheftel J. E. coli O157:H7 Outbreaks at Minnesota County Fairs Associated with a Traveling Petting Zoo. What Can We Learn from This? Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. February 7, 2015.
SPOTLIGHT: The Evolution of the Healthy Fairs Project – The Power of Relationships
UMASH at 7th International SHARP Symposium
UMASH staff presenting in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, October 19-22, at the 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations:
Carrie Klumb, MPH Presents Environmental Health Seminar
Carrie Klumb, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health presented a seminar “A One Health Approach to Healthy Fairs”
Healthy Fairs Workshops presented by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recently hosted Healthy Fairs Workshops aimed at those putting on county fairs.