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July 2019

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility at NC STRIVE Central East ConferennceOn June 6, NC AgrAbility participated as a poster presenter at the 2019 NC STRIVE Central East Conference. NC STRIVE's goal is to provide services and support leading to student veterans' success in two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in North Carolina. It offers a multi-track system of enriched, informative, and relevant breakout sessions that are tailored to three main audiences: student veterans, higher education staff and faculty, and community professionals who have a primary touch point with military service members, veterans, or their families. Dr. Kyle presented three posters: "NC AgrAbility Project: A Collaborative Effort," "Utilizing Shared Experiences to Design a Humanities Education Course for military Veterans," and "Community of Practice? Exploring the Facilitation of Social Capital in an Agricultural Program for Veterans." The event was attended by over 300 participants.

ISASH group and city picturesThe International Society for Agriculture Safety and Health Conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 24-27. Dr. Kyle presented on behalf of NC AgrAbility and NC Agromedicine Institute a session entitled "Investigating the Mental Wellness of Veterans Who Farm." Approximately 35 people attended the session and were very interested in the continuation of the research.

Submitted by Beatriz (Betty) Rodriguez