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Keifer to Head NFMC's New Dairy Workers Initiative
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/09/2010

The National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic has hired its first leader of the new Wisconsin Dairy Workers Safety and Health Initiative. Matthew Keifer, M.D., M.P.H., an internist and occupational/environmental medicine specialist, will head the program that aims to address major disease and injury concerns impacting the well-being of workers.

Key activities include research into the ergonomics of dairy tasks and training for language-limited workers, on-farm injury prevention consultation services, and education and training in the use of personal protective equipment. The initiative will partner NFMC with the University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and others involved with the state's dairy industry.

"The more I met and conversed with Matt, the more convinced I became that he was our man," said Dean Emanuel, M.D., a retired cardiologist and pioneering researcher who was instrumental in establishing the National Farm Medicine Center in 1981. Emanuel served on the selection committee with dairy producers, medical and safety specialists and scientists.

Keifer came to the National Farm Medicine Center from his position as associate director of the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Washington, where he conducted research and provided clinical services for Spanish-speaking farm workers.

He will be hiring additional staff in the coming months to build the program's capacity to address agromedicine-related prevention and treatment.

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