Purpose of this program:
Centers for Agricultural Research: To address the research, education, and intervention activities that are unique to agriculture by establishing centers for agricultural research, education, and disease and injury prevention. Musculoskeletal: To assist in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a model program for the diagnosis, evaluation, and rehabilitation of individuals with occupational respiratory disease and occupational musculoskeletal disorders. Additionally, this program will report and disseminate findings, relevant health and safety education and training information to State health officials, health care providers, workers, management, unions, and employers. CPHF: This project is a component of the NIOSH Agriculture Initiative which consists of cooperative agreements between NIOSH and State Health Departments to fund the placement of public health/occupational health nurses in agricultural communities. Local recruiting of nurses with farm background and interest in agriculture has enhanced their ability to become a part of the communities they serve, to establish effective disease and injury reporting systems based on the cooperation of health care providers, hospitals, and other potential sources and to follow up their information-gathering activities with public health interventions (usually education or the recruitment of other resources such as cooperative extension services, NIOSH, etc.). Nurses in this project are practicing community health and providing a public health infrastructure which targets the farming community.