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September 2014

North Carolina

The Arthritis Foundation - Mid-Atlantic Region, in partnership with the NC AgrAbility Partnership and North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, invites you to join us for the Let's Talk About Arthritis - Hablemos Sobre Artritis workshop on October 7th and 8th, 2014, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Guest presenter will be Karen Funkenbusch, Missouri AgrAbility.

At the end of this train-the-trainer workshop, participants will be able to:
1. State the importance of arthritis education for farmworkers
2. Describe what osteoarthritis is
3. Identify at least three risks factors for osteoarthritis
4. List some ways to lower risk of osteoarthritis.

Training will be delivered in English and Spanish and is open to individuals providing migrant/seasonal health outreach services in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. Registration is free and travel stipends are available. Attendees receive full training manual, teaching flipchart, and more. Registration must be completed by September 30. For questions or to register, contact Nick Turkas, Arthritis Foundation--Mid-Atlantic Region, 4530 Park Road, Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 800-365-3811 OR NTURKAS@ARTHRITIS.ORG. Questions may also be directed to the NC Agromedicine Institute 252.744.1008 or

NC AgrAbility project coordinator Michele Proctor, along with project partners Mary Hildebrand of East Carolina Occupational Therapy and Robin Tutor-Marcom of the NC Agromedicine Institute, presented an introductory continuing education session on AgrAbility and issues related to serving farmers with disabilities to 31 physicians at the Vidant Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation CME Grand Rounds in Greenville, NC on August 27, 2014. Physicians learned about AgrAbility services, how AgrAbility can assist them with clients in-house as well as in the field, and took part in making recommendations for hypothetical case studies.

NC AgrAbility project coordinator Michele Proctor and Cliff Sutton, NC AgrAbility advisory board member and small farms marketing specialist with NC Department of Agriculture, represented the NC AgrAbility Partnership at the National AgrAbility 1890 Workshop at the University of Maryland- Eastern Shore August 13-16. Both enjoyed meeting new friends, engaging in conversation about AgrAbility in NC and across the country, and discussing strategies to assist in more diverse outreach.

Submitted by Michele Proctor