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October 2010


As is often the case, end of summer and fall months are often the busiest for the CalAgrAbility Outreach Team. To mention a few, in September the team collaborated with the Health Ed Council in a region-wide health event for farm families. CalAgrAbility met several farmers who are now new consumers. September was Latino Health Awareness Month, which was celebrated by a large farm safety fair held in Yolo County in north-central California. CalAg also participated in Fall Prevention Awareness Week along with its Stop Falls partner.

For south Central Valley constituents, CalAgrAbility Arthritis Foundation staff represented the program at the Tulare County Community Health Clinic sponsored event, providing exams to low-income farm families. In addition, CalAg conducted Rehabilitating Farmers workshops for the Yolo Collaborative in the small town of Esparto and for ALBA in Monterey County. The program has joined the Family Support Network (FSN Partners)—community organizations, businesses, and individuals who contribute time, expertise, services, and equipment the FSN initiative to enrich the lives of rural families improving the health and safety of the community.

In another outreach, CalAg participated in the national webinar, Ventanillas de Salud, a program that informs communities on topics such as health literacy, health prevention, and health promotion. The staff also conducted a 1-hour webinar with NAP on reaching diverse populations. As a result of the webinar, CalAg received several calls from agencies wanting workshops and collaborations.

 Submitted by Martha Stiles