Pilot Project to Develop Healthy Fair and Petting Zoo Workshops in Minnesota

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2013-2015

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.
 
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Fairs and petting zoos are often the only opportunity agricultural workers have to interact with the average consumer.

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Presentations and Workshops

  • Klumb C, Saunders S, Smith KE. E. coli O157:H7 Surveillance in Agricultural Populations in Minnesota North American Agricultural Safety Summit. Minneapolis, MN. September 25, 2014.
  • Klumb C. A One Health Approach to Healthy Fairs University of Minnesota School of Public Health Environmental Health Seminar. Minneapolis, MN. February 17, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Klumb C. Healthy Fairs Workshops: A One Health Approach to Improving Health and Safety at County Fairs in Minnesota CSTE Annual Conference. Boston, MA. June 14, 2015.
  • Klumb C. People, Petting Zoos, and Poop! How to Manage the Inherent Risks of the Public Interacting With Your Animals Minnesota Federation of County Fairs (MFCF) Annual Conference. Bloomington, MN. January 15, 2016.
  • Klumb C. A Perennial Problem: People, Petting Zoos, and Poop! The Veterinarian’s Role in Encouraging Safe & Healthy Human-Animal Interactions American College of Veterinary Preventive Med (ACVPM). Webinar. January 19, 2016.
  • Klumb C. A Perennial Problem: People, Petting Zoos, and Poop! The Veterinarian’s Role in Encouraging Safe & Healthy Human-Animal Interactions Minnesota Veterinary medical association (MVMA). Minneapolis, MN. February 6, 2016.
  • Klumb C. Agritourism: The Next Frontier In Agriculture AgriSafe Network. Webinar. April 18, 2016.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2016 Healthy Fairs Workshop: Working Together for a Healthy Fair: Environmental, Human & Animal Health, Fergus Falls, MN, April 28, 2016.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2015 Agritourism Workshop, Coon Rapids, MN, May 19, 2015.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2015 Agritourism Workshop, Chanhassen, MN, May 13, 2015.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2014 Healthy Fairs Workshop: Working Together for a Healthy Fair: Environmental, Human & Animal Health, Marshall, MN, April 17, 2014.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2014 Healthy Fairs Workshop: Working Together for a Healthy Fair: Environmental, Human & Animal Health, Bemidji, MN, April 14, 2014.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2013 Healthy Fairs Workshop: Working Together for a Healthy Fair: Environmental, Human & Animal Health, Rochester, MN, June 20, 2013.
  • Klumb C, Scheftel J, 2013 Healthy Fairs Workshop: Working Together for a Healthy Fair: Environmental, Human & Animal Health, St. Cloud, MN, June 18, 2013.

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