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#RuralHealthChat: Agricultural Health and Safety

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Farmers and farm workers have one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Large machinery, the physical nature of the work, and chemical exposure make them high-risk for accidental injury. Because farms are typically in rural areas, they also face issues related to access and limited healthcare infrastructure, including longer emergency response times and poor access to specialty care like behavioral health services.


  • Carolyn Sheridan, RN, BSN, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network @AgriSafeNetwork
  • Jim Harvey, Worker Protection Standard Specialist, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Linda Fetzer, Extension Associate, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Pennsylvania State University @AgSafety4U
  • Patria Alguila, CCHW, Training Director, MHP Salud @MHPSalud
  • Brad Husberg, MSPH, Director, Office of Agricultural Safety and Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health @NIOSH
  • Matt Perdue, Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union @NFUDC
  • Aida Balsano, Ph.D., National Program Leader, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture @USDA_NIFA

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts and special guests involved in ag health and safety. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Storify.