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June 2017


Karen Funkenbusch was been invited to speak about TBI and adaption to farming and ranching techniques at the 2017 Missouri Rural Health Conference, August 15-17, 2017, at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, in Camdenton, Missouri. This year's conference focus continues with access to care to improve health outcomes of rural residents. The expected audience will include health care providers, community front-line & in-home workers, social service agencies, public health, mobility managers & coordinators, policy makers, and transportation professionals.

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch

Maureen Cunningham with the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) hosted an exhibit at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, for Trauma Awareness Week. The focus was brain injury and its impact, and included resources to return to life activities, including living and working on the farm through the assistance of the Missouri AgrAbility Project.

More than 150 rehabilitation professionals learned about the Missouri AgrAbility Project during the Missouri Rehabilitation Association Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks through the exhibit booth managed by the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. The attending rehabilitation professionals worked primarily in the field of vocational counseling.

Submitted by Maureen Cunningham

Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, clinical associate professor with University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU, a partner of the Missouri AgrAbility Project, incorporated education about the culture of agriculture, farm values, effective communication techniques with farmers/ranchers, and the resources of Missouri AgrAbility Project, into a "special populations" lecture for first-year student pharmacists in the Patient-Centered Communications & Ethics course at UMKC School of Pharmacy, prompting several students to express further interest in future Pharm to Farm participation and rural wellness outreach.

Kelly Cochran, was invited to present at the upcoming Missouri Rural Health Association about the role of pharmacists as a resource in rural communities.

Submitted by Kelly Cochran