The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to welcome you to the inaugural issue of AgConnections, a newsletter dedicated to disseminating information about the NIOSH Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention. This newsletter will provide an informative resource for the NIOSH Agricultural Centers' program that began in 1990. In that year, under Public Law 101- 517, NIOSH received Federal appropriations to undertake a National Program in Agricultural Safety and Health that included research, surveillance, and intervention initiatives that "...when sustained over a period of time will have a significant and measurable impact on ...health effects among rural Americans." In addition to funding the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health, the establishment of centers for agricultural occupational safety and health was specifically addressed. Over the years, the Agricultural Centers pursued research, education, and outreach related to a wide variety of significant issues in agricultural safety and health, and results from their work continue to be translated into educational, intervention and prevention activities, with the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of all agricultural workers and their families. The Agricultural Centers' program remains the flagship of the NIOSH National Program, and we look forward to continued excellence in their programs. This newsletter includes an article from one center's director, and articles on demographics, work hazards, youth in agriculture, center projects, contacts, and web sites for additional information on occupational safety and health and agricultural issures.
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