Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 12:00 am

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College will sponsor two events featuring Kelley Donham, professor and associate head for agricultural medicine, occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. At 4:15 p.m. in ARH Room 102 Donham will participate in an informal discussion about occupational and environmental health issues in Iowa agriculture, including issues relating to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). At 7:30 p.m. in ARH 102 he will present a lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns." Both events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Donham's research has focused on occupational and environmental health concerns relative to intensive livestock housing. He conducted the original studies in this area beginning in 1974. In addition, he studies diseases of agricultural workers, particularly respiratory diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, and intervention methods for prevention. He has published more than 140 articles, three books and numerous chapters in these areas. With co-author Anders Thelin of Sweden, he authored the first textbook for the field, Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions (Blackwell, 2006).
Donham earned a B.S. in premedical sciences and a M.S. in preventive medicine and environmental health from the University of Iowa, and he received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. He practiced veterinary medicine for several years before returning to the University of Iowa as a faculty member in 1973. He achieved the rank of full professor in 1984.
At the University of Iowa, Donham developed an M.S. – Ph.D. degree and Certificate program in agricultural safety and health, the first and one of the few teaching programs today in agricultural medicine. The program focuses on specialty training for health-care and occupational-health professionals in health and safety issues in the farming community.
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