Pictures from 2007



AgriWellness Board President, Charlie Griffin, leads a plenary session.



Angela Santana, from Proteus Inc., of California, leads a breakout session.




Sowing the Seeds of Hope 2007 award recipients:  Kathy Schmitt and Dan O'Brien





Thank you to our

2007 Conference Sponsors

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

National Association for Rural Mental Health

Prairie Risings
Construction Services, Inc.

Wapsipinicon Forestry Service


The Clock is Ticking for Rural

 America 2007


2007 Conference Notes

Presentation titles and presenter names are listed below.  To access the handout, please click on the handout link listed directly after the name of the presenter.  All handouts are in PDF format and some are large files. 

For additional conference information, email Shari

Monday, February 12, 2007

 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.   Plenary Session: “Health Insurance and the Agricultural Population”· Dick Niemiec, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (retired)  handout

10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon.  Plenary Session: “Agricultural Behavioral Health: Progress and Challenges”  Rick Peterson, President, National Association for Rural Mental Health (handout not available)

1:30—3:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions 

A:  North Dakota 2-1-1 · Susan Helgeland, Executive Director, Mental Health Association in North Dakota, Fargo, ND handout

B:  Know More Through Education, No More Domestic Violence          Angela Santana, Community Educator, Proteus, Inc., Visali, CA (handout not available)

C:  Evaluation of Programs in Rural Communities

Conducting Culturally Competent Research & Evaluation in Rural Communities with Immigrant Populations”  Kellee Thorburn McCrory and Brad Richardson, University of Iowa, Iowa City,  IA (handout not available)                                                       

“Agricultural Behavioral Health:  Evaluation of Regional Networking and Services” J. Patrick Hart, Rural2Rural Consulting, Pisgah, IA (handout not available)                                                       

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

D:  Shawano County (WI) Rural Health Initiative Rhonda Strebel, Executive Director, Shawano County Rural Health Initiative, Shawano, WI handout

E:  Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

“Partners in Suicide Prevention” Karen Mastronardi, Human Services and Organizational Development Director, NY FarmNet, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY handout

“South Dakota Suicide Prevention Strategy” Janet Kittams-Lalley, Clinical Director, South Dakota Helpline, Sioux Falls, SD. handout

 F:  Rural Health Education Models

Development and Success of an Undergraduate, AgroMedicine Workshop”  Roxanna Jokela, Director, Rural Health Education Network, Omaha, NE and Susanna Von Essen, Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine: Pulmonary Section, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE handout

“Integration of Behavioral Health Practices into the Role of Agricultural Health Nurses”  Joan Blundall, Executive Director, The Higher Plain, Inc. handout                                                       

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

8:30-9:15 a.m.  Plenary Address: “The Clock is Ticking for Rural America:  Farm Transitions” Charlie Griffin, Executive Director, Kansas Rural Family Helpline, Manhattan, KS (handout not available)   

9:15-10:00 a.m. Plenary Address: “Business Succession Planning” John Baker, staff attorney, Iowa Concern Hotline, Des Moines, IA Business Succession Planning  Distribution of Iowa Farmland  Values

 Critical Path

10:30 a.m.—12:00 noon Breakout Sessions 

G:  Youth at Risk:  The Importance of Education in Sexual Abuse Prevention  Sister Mary Carole Curran, Executive Director, Catholic Family Services of Sioux Falls, SD (handout available by mail from AgriWellness)

H:  Farm Marriages and Families

             Discovering Resilience in Rural Families”  Maureen Lutterman, Licensed Professional and Distance Counselor, AlpenGlow Wellness, Laramie, WY handout

“The Rural Female’s View of Marital Satisfaction:  A Qualitative Study” Kara Vick, Graduate Student, University of South Dakota handout

I:  Panel Presentation on Farm Succession  

J:  Mathematical Model to Improve the Prediction of Depression James Gregory, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX   handout   and

      Methamphetamine Use in Rural Midwesterners Kathleen Grant, Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha Division Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Omaha NE handout

1:30—3:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions 

K:  Pilot Project Regarding Older Adults, Alcohol and/or Drug Misuse   Gwen Delger, Senior Counselor, Albert Lea Medical Fountain Center, Albert Lea, MN (handout not available)   

L:  Surviving the Drought:  Providing for Mental Health Needs in Times of Natural Disaster Brandi Friederich, Counselor; Marcene Moran, Counselor; Catholic Family Services of Sioux Falls, SD, Jim Kinyon, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services, Rapid City, SD handout

M:  SLEEP Predictor of Agricultural Accidents James Gregory, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  handout and

Addressing Agricultural Issues in Health Education:  An Occupational Therapy Curriculum Program Description                Stacy Smallfield, Assistant Professor,  and Angela Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Division of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD handout

3:30-5:30p.m.   Town Hall Meeting: Where Do We Go From Here?  A discussion among all the conference participants, moderated by  J. Patrick Hart, President and Senior Consultant, Rural2Rural Consulting, Pisgah, IA handout

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

8:30-10:00 a.m.  Plenary Session:  “Health Concerns Among Immigrants in the Agricultural Processing Industry:  Emerging Implications of the New Demographics of Rural America”              Michele Yehieli, Executive Director of the Iowa EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities  and  Mark Grey, Director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and the New Iowans Program. handout

10:30—11:45 a.m.  Plenary Session:  “The Seeds of Wellness in the Roots of Our Identity” Dan O’Brien, South Dakota rancher and author (handout not available)