Ellen Duysen Roundtable

Striving to Conduct Effective Agricultural Safety and Health Outreach During a Pandemic: From John Deere Masks to Plexiglass  

Ellen Duysen, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UNMC

Megan Schossow, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center

Marsha Cheyney, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health


Learning objectives:

After viewing this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe several methods of conducting safe outreach during a pandemic.
  2. Identify challenges to delivering outreach during a pandemic.

Discuss this presentation with the authors on Tuesday, November 17 from noon – 12:30 on the Zoom Live-stream


Boots on the ground outreach is a centerpiece of each the 11 NIOSH funded Agriculture Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Centers across the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced outreach specialists to rethink how to effectively reach target populations with training and needed resources, while maintaining a safe environment.

Panel members will discuss efforts by four AFF Centers to continue outreach with their region’s agricultural community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovative solutions and successful techniques will be shared along with lessons learned. Evaluations of trainings and educational interactions will be discussed.

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