Missouri team members also worked on developing a statewide social media campaign about mental health awareness and suicide prevention targeted to rural, agricultural communities. Missouri's "Together We Can" movement and national efforts to raise awareness about mental health launched April 30, 2020. The news release is online here, and it includes a link to the toolkit, viewable by clicking here.
Submitted by: Karen Funkenbusch and Tevin Uthlaut
Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, a Missouri AgrAbility partner, shared about collaborations with Missouri AgrAbility Project while serving on a panel for the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy Rural Track Pharmacy program in Rockford, IL. In addition, she shared about Missouri AgrAbility Project and University of Missouri Extension collaborations when teaching injury health professions students at University of Iowa and pharmacy students at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, for the respective Rural Health & Agricultural Medicine courses. Pharm to Farm & MO AgrAbility were also mentioned in the MO Pharmacist - March 2020 magazine in an article, "Mentoring Tomorrow's Rural Pharmacists" written by Stacy Downs.
Submitted by Kelly Cochran
Lincoln University's Cooperative Extension (LUCE) Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program (ISFOP) in collaboration with the University of Missouri worked throughout the month of April to implement new protocols allowing for on-farm assessments with clientele digitally via technology such as Apple Facetime, ZOOM, Facebook live, and Skype. These changes to protocol are in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and will provide MO AgrAbility staff and clients the safety and flexibility necessary for continued collaboration during national, state, or regional shelter-in-place orders.
Submitted by Shon Bishop