2021 MRASH Virtual Conference Overview


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Technology you will need:

Our live stream sessions use Zoom.  You can use your computer, tablet or smart phone.  We will be able to see and hear you if you have a camera and a microphone turned on.  You will need a speaker in order to hear us.  You can even call in on a not-so-smart phone if you want to just listen or your computer doesn’t have a speaker.  Make sure you have the most recent version of Zoom. Here are instructions on how to check if you need updates.  Without updates, some of the features of Zoom may not work for you.

New to Zoom or want to learn about some of its interactive features? Check out this video to learn how to adjust your settings, edit your profile, and feel more comfortable with some of the tools.




Planning Team, Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Our sponsors and exhibitors have made it possible for us to offer the MRASH Conference at a low registration fee, including complimentary registrations for students, farmers, healthcare workers and vocational ag instructors.  They would love you to visit their online exhibits and follow links to their websites and social media sites!  Please join us in telling them how much we all appreciate their support.


There are nearly 50 different people presenting during the MRASH Conference representing many disciplines yet all committed to keeping our farm families and farm workers safe and healthy.  If you want to learn more about these presenters, the roundtable, presentation and poster sessions include their abstracts and short bios.  Bios for keynote, capstone and mini-workshop presenters are located here.


Continuing Education Credits in nursing and industrial hygiene can be awarded only for the live-streamed sessions.  Many credentialing organizations such as social work and health education, allow those desiring credit to submit their own applications.  More details here.


Our first virtual conference makes your feedback more important than ever! We heard the evaluation survey email didn’t reach some people.  Others started it but weren’t able to complete it. If this is true for you, please click the link (at left) to share your thoughts.    Thank you!



Live-Stream Schedule Summary

Zoom Links for live-streamed sessions will be posted here by 8 a.m. each morning.

All times are Central Time Zone.

Tuesday,  November 9          Spotlight:  Raising the Cloak of Invisibility
8:30 – 11:15 am

Keynote Panel:  Raising the Cloak of Invisibility for Vulnerable Populations

Moderator:  Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Immigrants: Seth M. Holmes, PhD, UC-Berkeley
  • Indigenous: Sean A. Bear, BA, CADC, Co-Director of the American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center at the University of Iowa
  • Children: Casper Bendixsen, PhD, Director of the National Farm Medicine Center
  • Women: Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH, Public Health Program Director, AgriSafe Network

Analysis & Reflection:

  • Jan L. Flora, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University &
  • Cornelia Flora, PhD, Emerita Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University


11:15 am – 12:30 pm Presentation:

  • Approaching Safety and Health in Agriculture through Diversity and Inclusion: A look at Racism and its Impact on Agricultural Health. Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH, Public Health Program Director, AgriSafe Network

Poster Flashtalks & Discussion:

  • A snapshot of Immigrant Hispanic women working in feedlots in the Midwest of the U.S. Marcela Carvaljal-Suarez, MPH, MPH, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • One Health – Female Reproductive Health for Agriculture Workers.  Abigail Kahrs, PMH Candidate, Louisiana State University Health Science Center
After 12:30 pm Breakout rooms open

  • for continued discussion
  • GPCAH Podcast Interviews
Wednesday,  November 10         Spotlight on Digital Strategies and Young Adults:
8:15-9:00 am

Student Career Meet and Greet:

Facilitators: Diane Rohlman, PhD, University of Iowa College of Public Health & Josie Rudolphi, PhD, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

9:00-10:30 am Roundtable A:  Lessons Learned from Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week & Other Virtual Events to Continue Engaging Broad National & International Audiences with Future Virtual & Hybrid Conferences.  Convened by Catherine A. Rylatt, MPA, Grain Handling Safety Council (GHSC)
Roundtable B:  You’ve got mail! E-mail strategies that truly deliver results by helping you engage with your audience.  Convened by Melissa Ploeckelman, Outreach Specialist, National Farm Medicine Center
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Presentations:

  1. Nebraska Tractor and Equipment Safety Training: A 15-year Follow-up Survey of Perspectives. Rebecca Bonacci, MPH student, University of Nebraska College of Public Health
  2. Agricultural Safety and Health Curriculum: Preparing the next generation. Sue Schuelke, PhD RN NPD-BC CNE CCRN-K, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  3. ATV safety design features: Examining cultural awareness and piloting an educational program among U.S. young adults in agriculture. Jenna Gibbs, MPH PhD, Director of Operations, Ag Health and Safety Alliance
  4. Adolescent All-Terrain Vehicle Exposure and the Association of Training Course Certification with Safety Behaviors and Crash Experiences. Charles Jennissen, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  5. Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Exposure, Safety Behaviors and Crash Experiences of Adolescents. Charles Jennissen, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Poster Flashtalks & Discussion:

  • AgSafety4U 2.0 – An online training program. Aaron Yoder, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, CS-CASH
  • FarmSafe: From a seed to a podcast. Kathryn Crawford, PhD, University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • The US Agricultural Safety and Health Centers’ YouTube Channel: Examining viewership of agricultural health and safety videos. Kathryn Crawford, PhD, University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • I-CASH Youth Grant Recipients 1998 – 2021.  Ralph Altmaier, MS, Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, University of Iowa
  • Using infographics and motion graphics to enhance agricultural health and safety education among young adults.  Jenna Gibbs, MPH PhD, Director of Operations, Ag Health and Safety Alliance
After 12:30 pm Breakout rooms open

  • for continued discussion
  • GPCAH Podcast Interviews
Thursday,  November 11          Spotlight on Veterans, Mental Health & Stress 

8:30 – 11:00 am

Zoom Webinar


Frontlines Panel: Ag Safety & Health Risks and Remedies – Veterans.  Organizer:  Linda Emanuel, AgriSafe Network. Moderator: Shay Foulk, Farmer, Veteran, Podcaster and Consultant

Roundtable A: Recovery in Rural Iowa: How to Support your NeighborConvened by Jason Haglund, MS, CADC, Specialty Coordinator Ag, Rural Mental Health & Addiction, COVID Recovery Iowa

Roundtable B: Collaborative Extension Efforts to Deliver Farm Stress Programs in the North Central Region.  Convened by David N. Brown, PhD, LMFT, CFLE Iowa State University

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Zoom Meetings


  1. Natural Disaster Stress and Recovery in Rural and Agricultural Settings. Kristin Gaffney, BA, graduate student, UNMC College of Public Health
  2.  Characteristics of suicide among crop and animal producers: Results from the CDC NVDRS, 2003-2017. Josie Rudophi, PhD, University of Illinois & Cristina Miller, PhD, Rural Development Innovation Center, Data Analytics Division, United States Department of Agriculture

 Poster Flashtalks & Discussion:

  • Association between pain and mental health conditions among Latino immigrant cattle feedyard workers. Maria Jose Sanchez, MD, MPH. University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Assessment of the Effects of Different Timescales of Drought on Suicide in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 7 from 2000 to 2018. Azar M. Abadi, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Organizational Resources and Social Support Influences on Stress and Depression: A Comparison among Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Farmers. Yanni Liang, graduate fellow, Heartland Center, University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Development of Occupational Safety Indicators for Wineries in Selected States.  Jaime Thissen, MInstP, MEIT, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
After 12:30 pm Breakout rooms open

  • for continued discussion
  • GPCAH Podcast Interviews
Friday,  November 12          Spotlight on Covid 19, Hearing & Safety
8:30 – 9:45 am


Frontlines Panel:  Meeting Rural People and Farmers where they gather:  Experience with COVID testing and vaccination from our mobile clinic.  Organized by Kelley J. Donham, MS, DVM, DACVPM, Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, Vice Chair, Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa

9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Covid Updates:


  1. Swine Barn Dust Exposure Increases COVID-19 Infection. Todd Wyatt, PhD, Deputy Director, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety & Health (CS-CASH)
  2. Understanding COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Access for Daytime Farmworkers in Imperial County, California. Annie J. Keeney, PhD, MSW, San Diego State University School of Social Work
  3. Dairy employee’s overcoming hesitancy to the COVID-19 vaccine: a socio-culturally responsive seminar.  Maristela Rovai, MSc, PhD, South Dakota State University
  4. Hearing Loss and other Health Co-morbidities Reported in Farmers and Ranchers. Jan A. Moore, PhD, University of Nebraska Kearney
  5. Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Pose Estimation to Monitor and Classify Agricultural Machinery Operators’ Safety Behaviors in Real-Time. Terence Irumva, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Poster Flashtalks & Discussion:

  • Injury-related lost productive time and treatment among Latino immigrant cattle feedyard workers in the central states region of the United States. Rishad Ahmed, PhD Student
  • Sleep in ag: investing in the feasibility of measuring sleep quantity and quality in agriculture workers. Susan Harris, MLS,
  • Nonfatal Injuries among Workers in the Agriculture Sector – Florida, 2010-2019. Robert Overstreet, University of Florida Economics
  • Feedyard -15: an ongoing project aimed to improve safety and health in the cattle feeding industry. Suraj Adhikari, MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center
After 12:30 pm Breakout rooms open

  • for continued discussion
  • GPCAH Podcast Interviews