State of the Science
Learn about SCCAHS's Heat-Related Illness State of the Science Meeting hosted in St. Pete Beach, Florida on September 26-27.

The SCCAHS Stress and Resilience Among Agricultural Workers in Vulnerable Rural Communities State of the Science Meeting was held on September 26-27, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Those who work in agriculture face many stressors, including financial uncertainty, family and relationships issues, social isolation, disaster, accidental injury, and acute and chronic diseases, that can affect their mental health. While some mental health issues, such as the high rate of farmer suicides, have been discussed widely, other mental health stressors that affect agriculture workers in vulnerable rural communities have not been discussed as broadly. Research, strategies, and policies from across disciplines are needed 1) to identify the mental health issues that farmworkers, farm operators, farm owners and others in these communities face; 2) address the social, environmental and built-environment associations with mental health in rural communities; and 3) understand the inequities in farmworker/fishery/forestry community mental health (depressive or substance use disorder rates) and how we might close these gaps to encourage individual, family, and community-level resilience.

To address this need, the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) organized a State of the Science meeting, focusing on Stress and Resilience Among Agricultural Workers in Vulnerable Rural Communities. The State of the Science meeting included a poster session featuring research on Thursday evening, followed by Friday’s one-day meeting with a crosscutting slate of researchers from various fields to present current findings and to begin the process of developing future research collaborations on stress and resilience in vulnerable rural communities.

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State of the Science Meeting

Here are the details from the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety’s State of the Science meeting including speakers, their expertise, and their presentations:


Christine Chasek: Department of Counseling and Psychology, University of Nebraska Kearney Expertise: Substance use, agricultural behavioral health, drug counseling in rural setting Download presentation

Anna Scheyett: Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Georgia Expertise: Farmer mental health and suicide in Georgia Download presentation

Robert Leeman: Department of Health Education and Behavior in the College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida Expertise: Substance abuse with a focus on alcohol abuse Download presentation

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini: Director of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Nursing, University of Florida Expertise: Mental health promotion and health disparities in minorities, community-based participatory research for minorities, rural and international populations Download presentation

Ashley Wennerstrom: Community and Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Louisiana State University Expertise: Building community resilience through mental health infrastructure Download presentation

Julie Smithwick: Director of the Community Health Worker Institute, University of South Carolina Download presentation

Lynn Grattan: School of Medicine, University of Maryland Expertise: Individual resilience following disaster Download presentation

Lightning Round Speakers and Presentations

Angela Lindsey: Assistant Professor of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida Expertise: Mental health first aid workshops to address mental health needs following Florida hurricanes Download presentation

Kim Dunleavy: Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida Expertise: Characteristics of seafood workers who select teamwork, movement and equipment modification options to address chronic low back pain Download presentation

Heidi Radunovich: Associate Professor of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida Expertise: Understanding the scope of the opioid epidemic for agricultural industries, and the roles of pain, depression and stress Download presentation

Farah Arosemena: Program Manager at the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Expertise: Embedding health surveillance into SCCAHS: Contributing to a Southeast regional research data repository Download presentation

Joseph Grzywacz: Chair of the Department of Family and Child Science at Florida State University Expertise: Methodological issues in mental health surveillance among seasonal and migrant Latino farmworkersDownload presentation