Last updated on January 21st, 2022 at 08:06 am

Opioid misuse has been identified as a national public health crisis. AgriSafe has developed a series of trainings for health care professionals to help them better respond to the unique and often overlooked needs of people working in agriculture.

Continuing Health Professional Education is available for the four webinars listed below through a partnership with the  Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. 1.0 hour of Continuing Education is available for each webinar.

This continuing education opportunity is free!

  1. Talking to Farmers About Pain – The occupational hazards that farmers face put them at an increased risk for acute and chronic pain as a result of ergonomic repetition, accident, or surgical procedure. This module will focus on how to transform the conversation between provider and patient to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  2. Assessment of Opioid Misuse Risk Among Farmers – Prescribing opioids to farmer populations that may not seek regular treatment or have access to alternative therapies increases the risk for potential opioid misuse. This module will seek to provide insight on misuse risk factors among farmers to better inform healthcare providers on warning signs in this specific cohort.
  3. Safety-Sensitivity of Opioid Use in Agriculture – Farm duties frequently demand the use of heavy machinery, and concurrent use of opioids with safety-sensitive work can be very dangerous. The module will educate healthcare providers on how best to manage occupational duties alongside providing adequate patient care which will help prevent further agricultural opioid misuse.
  4. Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General called for increased awareness and availability of naloxone, the opioid antagonist, to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. This module will share information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and the role of naloxone.

The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.1 CEU or 1.0 contact hours of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others.  Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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Benefits

  • Receive up to 4 hours of continuing education for select disciplines.

  • Earn a digital badge to showcase your new knowledge to your colleagues.

  • Trainings are online and on-demand, so they fit in your schedule.

  • Increase competence in prevention, identification, and assessment of opioid use disorder commonly experienced by people working in agriculture.

As a community health nurse working in a public health role, I have a solid knowledge base to utilize when talking to producers regarding pain and opioid treatment as well as other pain treatment options.

Linda E.

This will be very useful for my work with farmers via Michigan AgrAbility. Thank you.

Ned S.

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