SCAHIP Hosts Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop

July 23, 2019

 

 

An interactive workshop focusing on child agricultural injury prevention in the southeastern United States is scheduled for Aug. 6-7 in Lexington, Ky.  The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop will be hosted by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety and the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP).

 

“The goal is to celebrate all the benefits of farming for families and children but emphasize how to protect children who live, work and play on farms and ranches,” said Joan Mazur, PhD, SCAHIP deputy director.

 

About three children die from an agriculture-related incident each day, and another 33 are injured daily. More injuries occur during summer, when children are on break from school and working longer hours on farms. The Associated Press featured child agricultural safety in a recent story, and cited workshop co-host National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, part of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

 

The workshop is designed for those who work in or with the agriculture industry, and wish to improve their knowledge and dissemination of child agricultural injury prevention strategies, Mazur said. Attendees at previous workshops have included insurance professionals, healthcare providers, Extension, agribusiness, public health officials, media and farm organization representatives.

 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms, describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries;, and identify their (and their organizations') roles in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

 

A preliminary agenda and link to register can be found at  the event website.

 

Westfield Insurance, John Deere and the National Farm Medicine Center are co-sponsoring the workshop, which will be based at Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green.

 

For more workshop information, email nccrahs@marshfieldresearch.org or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center and the Southeast Center are funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.