The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Business Leadership Network (BLN) have recently released a Community Grant Project Request for Proposals. Topic areas include but are not limited to healthy lifestyles, population health, data accumulation, workplace safety/wellness, community needs assessment, children and youth issues, healthy aging, arts and health collaborations, and sustainability of multi-generational, livable communities.
Who is eligible: Nonprofit organizations and local government entities within the state of Iowa.
Funds available: Up to six cash grant awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to applicants in communities within the state of Iowa. Grants require a minimum 1:1 cash or in-kind match.
Issue Date September 6, 2017
Proposal Due Date October 24, 2017
Awards Announced December 5, 2017
Grant Project Timeframe January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Deliverables Due March 31, 2019
As harvest season draws near, young adults and children throughout the Midwest will roll up their sleeves and join the workforce. It is vital that employers and parents alike ensure the tasks assigned to youth are appropriate for their individual capabilities. Fortunately, there is a free, updated resource available through Cultivate Safety, produced by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines were updated this summer and are now available online at CultivateSafety.org. The guidelines serve to assist employers and parents in assigning tasks to children and young adults working in agricultural settings. The guidelines take into consideration the age, mental readiness, and physical capabilities of the youth.
Operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) may seem simple for adults, but there are many factors to consider when assessing the ability of youth to work safely with such equipment. Below, you will see an example of the Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines for operating an ATV. Please review the appropriate guidelines with your young workers this Fall and share this resource with others.
This week, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety in agricultural settings as we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year's theme is "Putting Farm Safety into Practice." There are numerous free resources available to agricultural employers and their workers this week and year-round through the US Agricultural Safety and Health Centers, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, and AgriSafe, a NIOSH Total Worker Health® Affiliate.
The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers offer hundreds of agricultural safety and health videos in English and Spanish on their YouTube channel. Videos cover topics including respiratory and hearing protection, safety in forestry and logging, heat illness, livestock safety, needlestick prevention, agritourism, pesticide safety, and much more. Here's a look at one of their most popular videos:
Following Proper Grain Bin Entry Procedures Saves Lives
The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa is a local NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Center. The Center provides resources to prevent occupational injury and illness among agricultural workers. The Center serves Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Stay informed by signing up for their newsletter here!
Also in recognition of National Farm Safety & Health week, our friends at AgriSafe, are hosting free webinars every day this week. Register to listen live or view the recordings here. Topics include heat illness, respiratory protection, youth on the farm, and ATV safety.
The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWCMW) is one of six Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to improve the health of workers in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas, as well as nationally, through integrated health promotion and health protection research, collaboration, and dissemination of successful interventions.