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Impact of a national rural youth health and safety initiative: results from a randomized controlled trial.

Authors
Lee-BC; Westaby-JD; Berg-RL
Source
Am J Publ Health 2004 Oct; 94(10):1743-1749
NIOSHTIC No.
20031989
Abstract
Objectives: We conducted a comprehensive evaluation of a rural youth health and safety initiative implemented in 4000 National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) chapters across the United States. Methods: Data were collected from high school students and their FFA advisers at 3 time intervals (preintervention, immediate postintervention, and 1 year postintervention) with a 3-group (standard, enhanced, and control), cluster-randomized, controlled trial design. Results: Matched data from 3081 students and 81 advisers revealed no significant effect of this initiative on agricultural health and safety knowledge, safety attitudes, leadership, self-concept, and self-reported injuries of project participants. Data from 30 public health nurses following the intervention confirmed the program's failure to develop sustainable community partnerships. Conclusion: This nationally coordinated initiative was funded with more than $1 million donated by agribusinesses. Program implementation was inconsistent, and desired outcomes were not achieved. Future efforts should better guide effective use of private sector resources aimed at reducing agricultural disease and injury among rural youths.
Keywords
Farmers; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Injuries; Injury-prevention
Contact
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, USA
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
20041001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lee.barbara@mcrf.mfldclin.edu
Funding Amount
203284
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U06-CCU-512924; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-008107
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
WI; CA; IA; KS; KY; MN; OH; OK; TN; TX
Performing Organization
Marshfield Medical Research & Educational Foundation
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