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Agricultural Organic Dust Exposure and COVID-19 Infection

By the end of 2021, COVID-19 has caused over 51 million infections and 805,000 deaths in the US. Pre-existing lung disease, such as COPD, has been linked to more severe COVID-19 symptoms and poor outcomes. Prior research has shown that agricultural workers, especially those working in livestock production, have an increased risk for inflammatory lung disease because of exposure to inhaled organic dust. In this webinar presentation, Dr. Wyatt will share his research on swine production workers and explore their risk for COVID-19 infection and severe disease due to existing dust-induced lung inflammation.

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COVID19 Vaccines: Boosters, Kids, and Other Updates (November 18, 2021)

Dr. Lisa Morici will talk about how the vaccines have been developed, the safety and efficacy information from clinical trials and real-world data, and why vaccination works to help stop the spread of COVID-19. She will provide updates on the vaccines, including the 3 dose recommendation for immunocompromised individuals, updates on booster doses, and status on vaccines for children. Please join us in this important webinar so together we can reduce the spread of misinformation and help agricultural communities access the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Behavioral Health Planning: A Key to Farming in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 adds new uncertainties to farming on top of a five-year or longer economic recession in most sectors of agriculture.  Like climate shifts, tariffs, and disease outbreaks in crops and livestock, COVID-19 is largely beyond the control of agricultural producers.  Importantly however, we can mostly control how we behave.  Agricultural producers will learn how to develop plans for minimizing infections of the virus, set up arrangements for access to necessary inputs such as equipment and repairs, contracts for a labor force and transportation, and where to become knowledgeable about federal and state assistance programs.

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Forging Partnerships and Finding Resources to Promote Worker Health

As COVID-19 vaccination requirements continue changing across the country, access to vaccines and testing remains vital for the health of our agricultural communities. Many local Health Departments have mobile units that can provide free, on-farm services. The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) will share an overview of strategies and resources on how to proactively ensure the well-being of your workforce. Presenters will show you how to find free mobile health services in your area and share available resources and tips on how to find health education materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for farmworkers.

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Protecting Ag Employees from Infectious Disease Including New COVID-19 Variants

This presentation will highlight protective measures ag employers can take to reduce transmission of infectious diseases, including the new COVID-19 variants. Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor, “Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan,” will be reviewed throughout the presentation. This presentation will also promote mitigation strategies, including COVID-19 vaccines, current evidence-based resources addressing vaccine confidence, and workplace infection control.

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Prevention of Covid-19 Among the Agricultural Industry: Contact Tracing

The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has profoundly affected humans on a global scale in a noticeably short time. Individuals working in agriculture who, as “essential workers”, are exempt from stay-home mandates, and are naturally at increased risk of negative health, economic, social, and familial consequences from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Language and cultural differences, rural geographies, socioeconomic pressures, and immigration status are among the barriers that impede agricultural workers access to critical education and prevention technologies emerging to combat COVID-19. Additionally, the unusual persistence and multimodal transmission cycle of SARS-CoV-2 emerging from ongoing scientific study may require customization of otherwise standard prevention messaging to agricultural workers to further prevent infection and disease exacerbation.

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Rooted in Facts: COVID-19 Vaccines (August 25, 2021)

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged our way of thinking, living and interacting. Get the information you need to make decisions for yourself and your family. This is a discussion addressing common questions about COVID-19 vaccines.  Watch the recording of this neighbor-to-neighbor virtual discussion to sort through information concerning the COVID-19 vaccines.

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

From SAMHSA. This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes common signs of stress and how to recognize when to get help.

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Ivermectin Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains the dangers of using unprescribed Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.

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Flu Season and COVID-19

This resource discusses flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, and the best ways to protect your health.

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Ivermectin

episode of Talking Total Farmer Health

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Safely Harvesting in the Midst of a Pandemic: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Visit https://www.agrisafe.org/covid-19-social-media-toolkit/ for more information! COVID-19 vaccination is a critical prevention measure to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available in the United States. You are more than an essential worker; you are essential to your family. Visit vaccines.gov to find out how to get vaccinated against COVID-19 today.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know!

There are many questions and misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and we hope to clear the air on some of these topics, so we can all get vaccinated and back to doing what we love!

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Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA?

Watch this short clip that is paired with the Rooted in Facts webinar with Dr. Fred Gerr from August 25th, 2021. 

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COVID 19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit

Watch this short clip that is paired with the Rooted in Facts webinar with Dr. Fred Gerr from August 25th, 2021. 

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Global Pandemics and the Agricultural Workforce: Research and Policy Implication

Research from the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agriculture Health and Safety relevant to the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rick, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Partnerships as an Avenue to Translate Emerging Disease Ecology of SARS-CoV-2 to Agricultural Groups

AgriSafe Network and Migrant Clinicians Network, both national organizations and major stakeholders in agricultural health, are on the front lines of translating science into practical prevention strategies for those providing health services to farmworkers and farmers. The partnerships pursued provide a blueprint for quickly translating emerging disease ecology to support the health of agricultural populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.