• How Understanding Ohio’s Agriculture Can Improve Behavioral Health Care Delivery


How Understanding Ohio’s Agriculture Can Improve Behavioral Health Care Delivery

AUGUST 26, 2021 | 9:00 am 12:15 pm

Deadline for registration is August 25

3 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domain C7 and chemical dependency professionals in prevention in domain CC.

Level of Course | 100 Beginner

Have you ever thought about the #1 industry in Ohio? Agriculture’s impact is the heartbeat of Ohio structures. It’s the food, fiber, and finances. But have you ever stopped to reflect on the unique stressors that the farming community faces on a daily basis? This training will give you a glimpse into the world of Agriculture and the lifestyle they live every day. Our objective is to help you understand the impact and knowledge base to communicate with farmers under stress. Farmers are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than any other population in the United States. By acquiring this training, you will become Farm Stress Certified. Course participants will also be able to ask questions via webinar chat during the Q&A portion of the course.


  1. Identify the unique stressors that face the agricultural community.
  2. Communicate better with farmers when providing health care services.
  3. Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers.


  • 9:00am – Welcome and introduction poll
  • 9:10am­ – Farming 101
  • 9:35am­ – Breaking down the stigma and culture
  • 9:50am -­ Potential stressors for the farming community, part I
  • 10:20am – Break
  • 10:35am -­ Potential stressors for the farming community, part II
  • 11:20am -­ Resources
  • 11:35am – Questions
  • 12:15pm -­ Close

Participants are required to stay logged-in for the Q&A portion of the training for successful completion, as it is part of the educational portion of this course.

Presented by:

Dr. Dee Jepsen

State Leader, Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Dr. Dee Jepsen is a Professor with Ohio State University and the State Leader of the Agricultural Safety and Health Program. She has responsibility for teaching, outreach education and research in occupational safety and health. She teaches agricultural audiences on and off campus with a variety of farm safety topics, including tractor certification, agricultural rescue, and an OSHA and Ag 10-hr Certificate course. Her outreach programs provide community training programs for high school classrooms, farm families and workers, agricultural industry groups, and other professionals seeking to understand safety and health issues farmers face. Addressing safety and health of farm workers takes more than one approach and more than one partner; because of that, Dr Jepsen collaborates with a variety of stakeholders and organizations to design injury prevention programs that meet the needs of agricultural workers to create a culture of safety on the farm. While she is away from work, Dee lives in Fairfield County with her husband, who full-time farms 1300 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and beef cattle.

Jami Dellifield

Educator, Family Consumer Sciences, Hardin County

Jami Dellifield is the Family Consumer Sciences Educator in Hardin County for OSU Extension. She has been a constant advocate for mental health since coming to extension including educating the agricultural community in the need to reduce the stigma of receiving mental health services. Jami recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate where she plans to utilize it in her local community.

Ken Martin

Community Development Professor, Department of Extension

Ken Martin is a Community Development professor in the Department of Extension. Dr. Martin’s areas of expertise are community resource development, economic development, rural development, public policy analysis, leadership, and rural health development. His research and publications have focused on various rural development topics including health care, economic development, policy, local government finance, energy development, and leadership. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate leadership courses, he has led the development of distance education and on-line educational programming on various rural development topics. Prior positions include appointments as a rural economic development specialist and associate director and director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health with The Pennsylvania State University, service as a member of the Healthy People….Healthy Communities National Initiative Management Team, and as the director of the Center for Community, Economic, and Workforce Development with West Virginia University Extension Service. His international experience includes teaching English in Algeria, working on environmental remediation and tourism in the Jiu Valley in Romania, and developing and implementing a land grant model of research and extension at the University of Gaston Berger in St. Louis, Senegal.

Chris Zoller

Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Chris Zoller is an Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, with Ohio State University Extension in Tuscarawas County. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and has been with Ohio State University Extension for 29 years. Mr. Zoller develops and conducts educational programming in the areas of production agriculture, farm management, and livestock and forage production. His research interests include agronomic crop production and evaluating livestock building ventilation systems.

Sarah Noggle

Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Paulding, OSU Extension

Sarah Noggle is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Paulding County for OSU Extension. She bring a wealth of knowledge to the farm stress community, and working with famers and their families who are trying to navigate their unique stressors is a passion she has. She also has been trained in Mental Health First Aid, and is a strong advocate for everyone to take the course.


Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Register For 8/26 Training Here

Deadline for registration is August 25

Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068