Research Day

HICAHS hosts a biannual research symposium to highlight recent research and programs in the field of agricultural health and safety funded by our small grant programs.

2023 Research Day

Many thanks to the speakers and participants who made our 2023 Research Day a success!

Agricultural Health and Safety Research Day
Thursday March 23rd, 2023
9:00am – 2:00pm MDT
Lory Student Center, Ballroom D, Colorado State University


  • 9:00am – Welcome and Keynote Speaker
    Rick Naerebout, CEO, Idaho Dairymen’s Association
    Immigration Reform: A Frustrating Journey
  • 10:00am – Agricultural Health and Safety Research
    • Dr. Annyce Mayer and Melissa Horsman, National Jewish Health
      Pesticide Education for Marijuana Growers
    • Dr. Michael Thomas, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University
      Risk and Protective Factors for Brain Health Associated with Agricultural Work
    • Dr. Sangeeta Rao and Dr. Robert Fathke, Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University
      Measures to prevent infectious diseases among dairy farm personnel from Front Range Colorado: Developing and utilizing a Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) tool
    • Dr. Adrianne “Annie” Keeney and Savannah Ingold, School of Social Work, San Diego State University
      “Depression isn’t only 9 to 5”: Improving Access to the Mental Health Safety Net for Agriculture Communities
    • Dr. Maristela Rovai, Department of Dairy and Food Science, South Dakota State University
      Breaking hesitancy barriers while creating better dairy employee’s wellbeing
  • 12:00pm – Lunch and Networking Hour
  • 1:00pm – Panel: Community Health Workers Promoting Health Equity in Ag
    • Hunter Knapp, Project Protect Food Systems Workers
    • Ere Juarez, Regional Director, Project Protect Promotora Network
    • Dr. Anabel Rodriguez, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio
  • 2:00pm – Adjourn

All times listed in Mountain Daylight Time.

Past Events

  • Watch the presentations from our October 2020 virtual symposium here.
  • Read a recap of the August 2018 symposium here.