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National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19, 2000. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :18
In 1997 the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety was formally established with a mission to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. The Center is based at the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, one of the largest rural healthcare facilities in the U.S. with over 550 physicians. Funding is provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Marshfield Clinic, and private donations. Staff members have advanced training in injury prevention, health promotion, agricultural safety, and related topics. The team works in cooperation with nine formal collaborating agencies that enable the Center and collaborators to maximize their capacity to address complex issues related to children and agricultural injury prevention. A 23-member external Steering Committee guides the Center's program planning. The Center's work is based on objectives and recommendations of the 1996 National Action Plan for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention. Major activities of the Center include: a) provide technical assistance for childhood agricultural injury prevention programs; b) convene consensus development sessions to address controversial issues; c) enhance communications between researchers, safety specialists, and the farming community; and d) provide professional training, including an annual Rural Youth Safety Summer Seminar. A recent accomplishment was the development and dissemination of the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks. Currently, a major initiative is underway to address the occupational health and safety needs of migrant farmworker youth. The Center's primary audience is professionals involved in agricultural safety and health. An Internet site provides ready access to injury facts, prevention program tactics, and links to relevant web-sites for rapid referrals. A toll-free phone line (888-924-7233) provides opportunities to access staff for in-depth technical assistance inquiries.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Risk-analysis; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Children
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Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
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Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000
Performing Organization
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin
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