HICAHS conducts high quality research to expand and advance the understanding of worker health and safety as it pertains to agricultural workers and their families in the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region. Our research program is driven by and responsive to the occupational safety and health needs of producers and producer-organizations in the region.
We follow a systems approach, utilizing research and practice paradigms such as One Health, Total Worker Health™, and Social Responsibility/Sustainability. These approaches pave the way for research translation and interventions that move occupational health and safety further towards effective practice.
Our multidisciplinary team conducts sound research and designs interventions on topics such as:
- tractor roll-overs
- respiratory disease
- traumatic injuries
- safety training development
- musculoskeletal stress
- youth education
- farm stress and rural mental health
The dairy industry is a special emphasis area of HICAHS.
Active research projects funded through September 2027 via a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC Grant No. U54 OH008085)
Completed research projects funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC Grant No. U54 OH008085) since 2011.
In addition to collaborating on research projects funded though cooperative agreement with CDC/NIOSH, HICAHS researchers conduct agricultural worker health and safety research supported by other funding mechanisms.