The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at The University of Iowa is a nationally recognized resource with an established record of developing and implementing programs of research, intervention, translation, education, and outreach to prevent occupational injury and illness among agricultural workers and their families. The Center addresses the health and safety needs of agricultural workers in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. These states constitute America's most agriculturally intensive region. The overall goals of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health are to: 1. Conduct a multidisciplinary agricultural health and safety research program targeting national research priorities for agricultural health and safety. 2. Develop and evaluate educational, outreach, and intervention programs to prevent disease, injury, and hazardous exposures among agricultural workers and their family members. 3. Serve as a national resource for delivery of current agricultural health knowledge and expertise to industrial hygienists, epidemiologists, ergonomists, veterinarians, and physicians to enhance the national capacity to meet the agricultural health needs of the nation. 4. Provide agricultural health and safety technical assistance and consultation in research methods, training, and education to health and safety professionals and community-based agricultural health organizations. 5. Maintain and strengthen linkages with health professionals in academic institutions, state and federal agencies, and international organizations to promote agricultural health and safety research, training, and prevention programs.

Public Health Relevance

Agricultural workers experience high rates of occupational injury (including fatal injury) and illness when compared to other employed groups. As the region's most well-established agricultural health and safety resource in the nation's most agriculturally intensive region, the Center is highly relevant to agricultural workers, health department officials, community organizations, public health scientists, physicians, and researchers committed to protecting the health and safety of all persons engaged in agricultural work.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
3U54OH007548-13S1
Application #
8843208
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZOH1-EEO (51))
Program Officer
Robison, William
Project Start
2001-09-30
Project End
2016-09-29
Budget Start
2013-09-30
Budget End
2014-09-29
Support Year
13
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$87,252
Indirect Cost
$29,469
Name
University of Iowa
Department
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Type
Other Domestic Higher Education
DUNS #
062761671
City
Iowa City
State
IA
Country
United States
Zip Code
52242
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