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Projects & Products

Partnerships are at the heart of the National Children’s Center’s key projects. The Center engages in specific interventions with agribusiness, media, insurers and major farm organizations to protect children living, working or playing on the farmsite. Click to see a complete list of all 10 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers Projects

NEW Projects for 2015-2019

Advanced Knowledge Mobilization and E-communication (AKME) led by Matthew Keifer, MD, is a project to advance and modernize childhood agricultural injury prevention messages and mobilize knowledge products of the National Children’s Center.

Developing a Sustainable Infrastructure for the Safety in Agricultural Youth (SAY) National Clearinghouse led by Dennis Murphy, PhD, and his Penn State team, is operationalizing, evaluating and refining an infrastructure that ensures public access to an evidence-based and technologically appropriate safety and health curriculum for youth working in agriculture.

Enhancing Supervisor’s Skills and Employer Policies to Promote and Protect the Health of Young Agricultural Workers led by Diane Rohlman, PhD, and Shelly Campo, PhD, of the University of Iowa, is developing, evaluating and disseminating an online training for supervisors of young agricultural workers.

Evaluation Core led by Paul Moberg, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, is guiding the documentation and analysis of the success of the National Children’s Center and its projects in achieving objectives for research, education, and public service. Evaluation data will provide empirically-driven feedback to guide decision-making, policy formulation, and improvements at the Center.

Filling the Gaps in Child Agricultural Injury Data led by Barbara Marlenga, PhD, explores the most promising, existing public health surveillance systems to determine their utility for assessing the health and safety of children in agricultural settings.

Intervention through Inquiry: Understanding Beginning Farmers and Ranchers led by Casper Bendixsen, PhD, is increasing beginning farmers’ and ranchers’ knowledge of safety and injury prevention with respect to the children they raise, hire, and host on their farms or ranches.

Protecting Children While Parents Work in Agriculture led by Amy K. Liebman, MPA, strives to increase the engagement of agribusiness leaders in facilitating availability of, and access to, off-farm child care services for migrant and immigrant agricultural workers with children.

Strengthening Organizational Capacity to Prevent Childhood Agricultural Injuries led by Barbara Lee, PhD, bridges evidence-based safety guidelines and safety campaigns with organizations and corporations in a position to influence their adoption, thus expanding best practices to protect children from agricultural injuries.

Enduring Projects and Products

Action Plans and Reports lists the publications developed by the National Children’s Center to inform stakeholders of Center activities as well as reports on special projects.

Agritourism is a project to develop health and safety guidelines specific to children for farmers involved in agritourism. A recently updated online tool enables agritourism operators to conduct virtual safety-walkthroughs of their operations, and to print out an array of signs necessary for visitor safety.

Mini-Grants provides short-term funding to support feasibility and pilot projects in the outreach, prevention/intervention, education, and research areas.

Model Policy is a voluntary guideline that provides background and guidance to employers that hire young workers. Information is included regarding the rationale for age-appropriate assignments, training needs for adolescent workers, ideal supervision, and mentoring by adult workers. This voluntary “best practice” approach can be adapted to specific work settings.

Nurture is the newsletter of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, dissemining children's rural health and safety information to professionals in the fields of health and safety, agribusiness, policy-making and the media.

Safe Play is a project that provided the first comprehensive guidelines for designing and building an outdoor safe play area on a farm. A recently updated online tool captures key elements of the project for parents and others who want to design and construct their own Safe Play Area.

Safety Guidelines for Hired Adolescent Farmworkers is a set of seven poster guidelines developed in English and Spanish addressing supervisor responsibilities for ensuring work conditions are appropriate and adequate and for assessing their teen workers. Training and supervision tips, specific to teens and to each job, are provided.

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