Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R13-OH-009571, 2009 Nov; :1-11
The 6th International Symposium: Public Health & the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem, was held October 19-23, 2008, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was organized by the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture with assistance of the NIOSH-funded National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Each NIOSH Agricultural Research Center hosted a roundtable or scientific session. The event addressed a wide spectrum of health and safety issues related to rural and agricultural environments. Symposium objectives were to: 1) describe and share state of the art science; 2) provide recommendations for further research and study areas; 3) provide recommendations for policy, health promotion and prevention; and 4) disseminate knowledge through a special issue of the Journal of Agromedicine: Practice, Policy & Research. All symposium objectives were achieved. The four major themes of this symposium, what we breathe, what we eat and drink, how we work and how we live, provided an innovative framework for discussion and scientific presentations on issues and challenges facing the future health and safety of agricultural and rural workers and families. Agricultural exposures, food safety and zoonoses, clean water, injuries, stress, and socioeconomic determinants of health of agricultural workers are examples of crucial issues addressed in this symposium under the four themes. Sessions on musculoskeletal injury and the health of temporary labor such as hired farm workers and migrant workers were particularly consistent with the National Occupational Research Agenda ( NORA) Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Sector Council agenda. The five-day event included two pre-conference workshops, eight plenary sessions, 42 concurrent sessions, poster displays, exhibits, receptions and a gala dinner. Attendance included 222 registered participants, comprised of 150 Canadians, 52 from the U.S. and 20 international attendees from 15 other countries. Associated with the symposium were meetings of various agencies and organizations, including scientists of eight NIOSH Agricultural Research Centers meeting with the Director of the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing program. In addition to the CDC/NIOSH conference support grant, the major contributor was the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA) which provided direct financial support as well as staffing. Other sponsors included the Canadian Rural Health Research Society, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, College of Medicine Travel Support, University of Saskatchewan Conference Fund, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Farm Medicine Center, of Marshfield, WI All revenue was expended and there are no outstanding debts from the event. CCHSA scientists were guest editors for a dedicated issue of the Journal of Agromedicine. They efficiently processed manuscripts, authored by symposium attendees. Volume 14, No. 2 of the journal was in print by July 2009, nine months following the event. This 288-page journal issue features the majority of publications (n =30) emanating from the symposium. Other key outcomes are noted. The 2008 symposium was a culminating event for the six years of funding for the CCHSA national training program "Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem" (PHARE). Past and current PHARE trainees, faculty and mentors were participants in the symposium and they met and planned the successful re-application of the PHARE program, which now includes an international component with six years of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. From this endeavor several pilot projects have been funded with topics related to agricultural, rural and public health issues.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Exposure-assessment; Fishing-industry; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Musculoskeletal-system; Racial-factors; Risk-analysis; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Sociological-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-organization; Workplace-studies; Workshops