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The UMASH Center conducts multidisciplinary projects in the areas of research, prevention, and education related to the health and safety of the agricultural workforce. 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.
A primary goal of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is to leverage the expertise of the institutions involved and to build capacity in the region to address agriculture health and safety concerns. Addressing the ever changing nature of the agriculture workplace and the potential for new threats to worker health and safety requires a critical mass of scientists and public health professionals actively engaged in agriculture health and safety work. To enhance capacity building, the center will administer a Pilot Projects Program. The overall goal of this program is to develop new initiatives in agriculture health and safety research, prevention and intervention, outreach and education, evaluation and translating research into practice. Each year, the UMASH Center will identify an area within agriculture worker safety and health that will serve as the specific focus of the Pilot Project Program.