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May 2016


The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Survivor and Family Seminars featured AgrAbility at its exhibit booth and during the Getting Ready for Work: Employment Options sessions. These seminars were held in Springfield and Independence, Missouri, with a total attendance of nearly 200 individuals. A similar seminar will be held in St. Charles, MO, in October.

Submitted by Maureen Cunningham

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, a Missouri AgrAbility Project (MAP) collaborator, provided one Pharm to Farm onsite farmstead medication assessment where student pharmacist Jessica Crane and Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, provided free wellness screenings at a value of over $75 for a farm family, and equipped them with wellness information to improve overall health. Medication safety concerns were identified and addressed with the farm family, and they were provided with information about less expensive medicine options, prescription assistance application programs and other prescription insurance coverage opportunities, and were linked with AgrAbility resources.

Following the farmstead visit, the Pharm to Farm team traveled to meet with the client's community pharmacist to promote and discuss the assistance available to farmers/rancher through Missouri AgrAbility Project. MAP flyers were delivered to the client's community pharmacist, who was eager to learn more about the program and how he can share the information with other farmers he encounters in his pharmacy.

Kelly Cochran incorporated education about the culture of agriculture, farm values, effective communication techniques with farmers/ranchers, and the resources of Missouri AgrAbility Project, into a recent "Special Populations" lecture for first year student pharmacists in the patient-centered communications & ethics course at UMKC School of Pharmacy. This prompted several students to express further interest in future Pharm to Farm participation and rural wellness outreach.

Submitted by Kelly Cochran