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Resources by Topic: Occupational health and safety

Rural First Responder Access to Mental Health Care: A National Crisis
Explores mental health challenges experienced by first responders and increased risk of suicide. Describes barriers to accessing adequate mental healthcare within the scope of their employment, especially in rural areas where services remain limited and stigma may be associated with the need for assistance.
Author(s): Jeffrey Hintz, Carrie Hintz
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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Violence Against Hospital Workers: Growing Awareness, Rural Interventions, and Why It Still Goes Unreported
Provides an overview of workplace violence in healthcare settings. Features rural hospitals in Oregon and Idaho that are undertaking a range of prevention activities addressing workplace violence. Also features research findings from a Michigan healthcare system study on the topic, and identifies resources and tools that rural hospital leaders can use to help protect hospital staff.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Breathless and Betrayed: What is MSHA Doing to Protect Miners from the Resurgence of Black Lung Disease?
Provides a U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing on the increase in lung disease among coal miners, particularly in the Appalachian states of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and what the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) should do about it. Addresses the history of black lung in the U.S., black lung statistics, the impact of quartz exposure and ways to reduce it, and the finances of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Includes testimony from the Government Accountability Office, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, United Mine Workers of America, University of Illinois School of Public Health, and others.
Additional links: Cecil Roberts, John Howard Testimony, Robert Cohen Testimony
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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A Roadmap for Delivering Child Care in Agricultural Communities
Workbook designed to identify challenges and assets in providing services in rural communities, and to examine how these factors play a part in accessing services. Includes resources and links for further information.
Author(s): A.K. Liebman, M.A. Salzwedel, J. Simmons, B.C. Lee
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Migrant Clinicians Network, National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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AgriSafe Nurse Educators
Provides an audio recording and slides from a webinar focused on the AgriSafe program, which focuses on the health and safety of ranchers and farmers and offers distance education for rural nurses through its Nurse Scholar program. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 03/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Association of Community Health Centers
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Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U.S.
Fact sheet compares the rates of fatal childhood agricultural injuries with those of other industries. Discusses nonfatal childhood agricultural injuries, as well.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Incidence of Gastroschisis in California
Reports on the incidence of gastroschisis in California by county using data from the Linked Birth Database from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development from 1995 to 2012. Counties were identified according to the 2010 census as rural, partially rural, and metropolitan, and agricultural counties were identified based on agricultural production.
Author(s): Jamie E. Anderson, Yvonne Cheng, Jacob T. Stephenson, et al.
Citation: JAMA Surgery, 153(11), 1053-1055
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Working Children: Federal Injury Data and Compliance Strategies Could Be Strengthened
Provides a detailed analysis of children working in agriculture and non-agricultural occupations, with a focus on work-related injuries and fatalities. Provides recommendations for the Department of Labor to help them improve their data collection efforts and to help address the risks for children working in agriculture. Appendix V includes additional detailed information on hired child crop workers and Appendix VI details information for children working on farms.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Pesticide Use and Incident Hypothyroidism in Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study
Highlights a study of self-reported hypothyroidism in pesticide applicators in North Carolina and Iowa. Data is drawn from the Agricultural Health Study and is broken down by age, gender, and state of residence, among other factors.
Author(s): Srishti Shrestha, Christine G. Parks, Whitney S. Goldner, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health Perspectives, 126(9)
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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