Thank you for your interest in the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.
The Center is one of nine agricultural health and safety centers funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to protect and promote the health and safety of farmers, farmworkers, their families and their neighbors.
As you probably know, agricultural work is hazardous. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2009 fatality rate for workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing was about twice that of the next two highest occupational groups, transportation and construction.
The overall goal of the Center is to prevent injury and illness among agricultural workers. To achieve this goal, the Center advances knowledge through scientific research and prevents agricultural injury and illness through education, outreach and intervention programs. Further, to more fully integrate the broad community of agricultural health partners, we offer small grants to qualified applicants within and outside the University of Iowa who are seeking support for innovative agricultural health and safety efforts.
The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention were established by Congress in 1990 (P.L. 101-517). The Centers are charged with conducting research and using the resulting scientific discoveries to create practical solutions to improve the health and safety of agricultural workers. Centers are usually funded on a five-year cycle. There are nine Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention in the US and one additional Center devoted solely to the health and safety of children in agricultural settings.
The mission of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is to protect and improve the health and safety of agricultural workers. We accomplish this mission by conducting high quality research on the causes and the prevention of agricultural injury and illness and by implementing the results of research through education and community outreach programs.
Marsha Cheyney, MPH