What is it about?
A national conference on agricultural behavioral health and safety.
- Explore and identify best mental
health practices, addictions treatments and safety education
with the agricultural population, research and provider training.
- Explore integration of behavioral
health services (i.e., mental health, addictions and other social
services) and programs aimed at preventing health risks for the
agricultural population into primary care settings, faith-based
services and other programs for the agricultural population.
- The conference will determine
the need and feasibility for a National Center for Agricultural
Behavioral Health which undertakes research, training and offers
technical assistance to providers, organizations, policy makers
and agencies which have roles in the behavioral health care of
the agricultural population.
AgriWellness, Inc., on behalf of the Sowing the Seeds of Hope
partners in seven states (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), along with the State
Public Policy Group, with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa and
the National Rural Health Association, with headquarters in Kansas
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
Iowa State University Extension Service
Office of Rural Health Policy
Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Association for Rural Mental Health
The conference planning committee is pleased to make these proceedings
available. Special thanks are due to the State Public Policy
Group for producing this website. Thank you also to the National
Rural Health Association, who along with the State Public Policy
Group and AgriWellness, Inc. were the main sponsors of the conference.
We are grateful to the additional sponsors who recognized the
importance of this event. This was the first conference of its
kind. Participants came from 19 states, Canada and Australia.
Conference participants requested that we meet regularly, so
plans are already underway for the next conference. If you have
questions and/or comments, please contact AgriWellness, Inc.
at: [email protected].
Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D.