SPOTLIGHT: MRASH 2020: Rising to New Challenges

SPOTLIGHT: MRASH 2020: Rising to New Challenges


Conference season for many in agriculture comes around in the late fall and winter months. Moving these connections and presentations online is the definition of “Rising to New Challenges,” which is the theme of this year’s Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference (MRASH), taking place November 17-20, 2020, entirely online. The conference brings together safety and health researchers and professionals, health care providers, farmers, and rural advocates all committed to building a safer and healthier agriculture.

The conference begins with a focus on Pandemic Challenges and the implications on agriculture and rural communities. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, MBA, Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Khan presentation is: Emerging Zoonotic Diseases Impacting Agriculture: What Comes After Covid 19?

The conference days will address:

  • November 18: Challenges Across the Lifespan
  • November 19: Challenges For Specific Audiences
  • November 20: The Challenge of Changing Behaviors

The conference agenda includes presentations, speaker panels, roundtable discussion, posters and virtual networking opportunities. The full conference agenda is available on the MRASH website.

At MRASH, you can join a discussion at a UMASH presentation:

  • Animal Agriculture Exposures Among Minnesota Residents with Zoonotic Enteric Infections, 2012–2016, Carrie Klumb, MPH, Minnesota Department of Health – Nov 17 @ 11am-12:30
  • Aging on the Farm: roundtable with Megan Schossow – Nov 18 @ 9am
  • Striving to Conduct Effective Agricultural Safety and Health Outreach During a Pandemic: From John Deere Masks to Plexiglass roundtable with CS-CASH, GPCAH, UMASH
  • Leveraging Social Media to Promote Agricultural Health and Safety, roundtable with Maria Bertrand, Molly VanBrocklin, and Devon Charlier– online anytime
  • Partnering in Mental Health Support: Poster Session with Devon Charlier, UMASH  online anytime

Registration is now open.