Thank you to all of you who have joined us for one or more of our previous webinars in our Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature lunchtime colloquium series.
Please register and join us on Tuesday, February 16, at noon for the next Public Health and Sustainability: Partners by Nature lunchtime colloquium entitled "Agricultural Mental and Family Health."
You can join us for the event at this Zoom link: https://psu.zoom.us/j/95325851927. Please feel free to share this link with any colleagues you think would be interested in the event.
Farmers face increasing logistical challenges from rising debt loads, falling commodity prices, and the aging of the farm population. They are also face commensurate increases in mental health and physical tolls that are negatively devastating rural community health. The suicide rate among male farmers and ranchers is 60% higher than among similarly aged men across all occupations. Climate change and other growing sustainability challenges will only place additional burdens on farmers, making these health challenges more of a pressing concern for rural communities. Our presenters will focus on farmer health, how it intersects with larger sustainability issues, and efforts to support the growing health needs of farm communities. The colloquium asks how we--as public health and sustainability professionals, scholars, and students--can help support rural community health and place these efforts into our larger framework of creating a healthy, sustainable Pennsylvania for all.
Scheduled speakers include:
We hope you will join us for this important conversation!
- Tara Haskins, Total Farmer Health Director, AgriSafe Network
- Ginger Fenton, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension
- Cynthia Pollich, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension
Peter Boger and Peter Buck, Penn State's Sustainability Institute
Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Rebecca Kishbaugh, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Ruth McDermott-Levy, Villanova University College of Nursing
Britani Peterson, Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC)
UN Sustainable Development Goals Impacted:
GOAL 3: Good Health & Well-Being
GOAL 13: Climate Action
This event is made possible by dues from PERC Member Institutions and by the support of PERC's sponsors, including Sodexo, NextEra and our newest sponsor, Terrasol Energies. Thank you.