25 Years of Occupational Safety and Health in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education
Year after year, agriculture ranks among the most hazardous work sectors in the U.S. In 1990, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed an extensive agricultural safety and health program to address the high risks of injuries and illnesses experienced by workers and families in agriculture. Through cooperative agreements, NIOSH supports extramural research and prevention programs at university centers in 10 states. The SW Ag Center was created at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in late 1995 as part of this program initiative to serve Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. These programs conduct research on injuries associated with agriculture, as well as pesticide exposure, pulmonary disease, musculoskeletal disorders, hearing loss, and stress. In many specialty areas of medical practice, little attention is given to the special needs of nonurban and rural populations, as well as small employers and workers in agricultural occupations. The SW Ag Center’s research portfolio includes seven projects that target diverse, vulnerable populations and address various issues including surveillance, organic farming, poultry dust, occupational exposures, pesticides and musculoskeletal symptoms. This presentation will give an overview of the SW Ag Center and a history of the research and outreach undertaken over the last 25 years.
Dr. Vanessa Casanova earned a BA in International Studies from the University of Alabama, MS in Rural Sociology and PhD in Forestry from Auburn University with postgraduate training in the fields of labor studies and public health. She joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in 2013 and devotes her time to teaching, research, and service for the School of Community and Rural Health (Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences). Dr. Casanova is the director of the NIOSH-funded Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education. She previously served as the Applied Research Manager. Her research focuses on health and safety outcomes in reforestation workers. The SW Ag Center has an established record of conducting comprehensive research that addresses the needs of workers in agriculture, commercial fishing, and forestry across Public Health Region 6. She also serves as research mentor to junior faculty and students new to the field of agricultural occupational safety and health.
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Oct 14, 2020
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