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March 2014


Fifteen AgrAbility clients participated in the free seminar sponsored by the Missouri Orthopedic Institute about osteoporosis. The University of Missouri Health Care physicians and physical therapists presented, Breaking Point: the At-Risk Osteoporosis Patient, Disease Diagnosis and Prevention Tips. AgrAbility clients learned useful tips and research about caring for your bones. The presentation was part of the Missouri Orthopedic Institute's Knowledge Now series.

The MU Extension Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) worked with Missouri AgrAbility staff members (Extension and Non-profit) to fine-tune the statewide programmatic Client Demographic Data collection system. The system has the capacity to collect, store, retrieve, and generate reports based on national demographic coding for AgrAbility clients as well as USDA-NIFA educating, networking, and marketing priorities.

Pharmacy students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Pharmacy at Columbia participated in the Health and Safety Area at the 53rd Annual Western Farm Show. Diane Olson, director of promotion and education, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation reported "the AgrAbility information and health screenings they provided were a valuable asset to this year's exhibit. I was so impressed with the demeanor of the students. They were eager to engage attendees and assist those volunteering for screenings. The bone density scanner was a huge hit." The Brain Injury Association of Missouri was also on hand for three days to disseminate brain injury resources and concussion tip sheets. Missouri AgrAbility also had direct involvement from the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation that showcased assistive technologies for farmers and ranchers with disabilities. The University of Missouri Extension showcased AgrAbility, Gardens for Every Body, Farmers with Arthritis, and Rural Health and Safety programs. The Western Farm Show is at the heart of agriculture and is the Midwest's premier indoor farm show. There were over 500 exhibitors and 400,000 square feet filled with the latest in farm and ranch equipment, livestock supplies, buildings, fertilizer, feed, seed, tools, irrigation systems, and much more.

MU Extension AgrAbility staff members and administrators from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU met to map out this summers' Rural Pharmacy Practice Elective APPE that will be offered throughout Mid-Missouri. MU Extension AgrAbility staff will identify AgrAbility clients, make appropriate client referrals, and help set up client health seminars. Senior level pharmacy students will participate in PHARM to FarmAgrAbility onsite farmstead client assessments and will lead a variety of health initiatives to advance free access to pharmaceutical care for rural Missourians.

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch