191382 Extension agents: A frontline resource for minority farmers and animal disease outbreaks

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 1:10 PM

Ralph Noble, PhD , North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC
Through the MATCH Project, the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T University (NC A&T) revealed that many minority farmers are not fully informed about the issue of biosecurity, the responsible agencies, or emergency disease outbreak response plans. In working to address community preparedness in their service areas, NC A&T focused on Extension agents as important frontline resources for minority farmers in regard to animal disease outbreaks. As a result, NC A&T sought to build the capacity of Extension staff to understand the nature of emerging infectious diseases and how to properly respond to disease outbreaks. Additionally, they worked to building community awareness through educational forums for minority farmers.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will have a greater understanding of some of the successes and challenges encountered in assessing the capacity of underserved and disenfranchised communities to prepare for new and emerging infectious diseases, and in delivering a program to respond to community needs and increase their capacity.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: my involvement in the MATCH Project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.