The SIU School of Medicine is asking for information through two surveys, the Illinois Farm Family Resource Initiative survey and the SIU FQHC COVID Community Response Survey. See info, below:
Illinois Farm Family Resource Initiative survey: The SIU School of Medicine is looking for perspectives from farmers and farm family members living in the following Illinois counties: Christian, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Morgan and Sangamon counties. Click this link to learn more about the survey and click this link to complete the survey.
Researchers at SIU School of Medicine are conducting the SIU FQHC COVID Community Response Survey to better understand how individuals are being affected by the global pandemic of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. This survey is easy to take (most complete it within 4 minutes) and will help SIU School of Medicine better understand how people in our communities are being affected, how they are feeling, and impact on their healthcare. All adults are invited to participate, regardless of where they live. Responses are anonymous with no identifiable information collected. The study is approved by the Institutional Review Board of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The survey can be accessed through SIU Medicine’s Facebook page as well as the SIU Center for Family Medicine Facebook pages, or directly through this link.
Research demonstrates that incorporating green spaces into cities can have a positive impact on a number of societal conditions, including crime, property values, and health. Increasing green space in economically challenged communities could also be one of the cures for societal inequality. In our June 18 Local Government Education webinar, we will discuss the connection between green infrastructure and community diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Speakers will showcase how communities and organizations are incorporating equity into natural resource management and share the results of a recent survey about barriers and opportunities communities in the Midwest are encountering in making green storm water infrastructure equitable.
Do you provide front-line services to farmers, ranchers, and/or their families? If so, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has two trainings to help you and other ag-related affiliates respond to stress and anxiety. The SIU School of Medicine is providing two webinars, An Introduction to Helping Skills and Recognizing Signs of Psychological Distress. These webinars are being offered to those providing front-line services to farmers, ranchers and/or their families. The webinars are offered at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m. on June 25 and 26, and are free to attend. Registration is due online by June 19.
Researchers have identified Earth’s cleanest air – free of particles caused by our human activity – in a region in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica. Weather and climate are complex processes that connect each part of the world to every other region. A team of climate scientists from Colorado State University were curious to see just how far particles produced by human industry and activity reach. To find out, they sailed from Tasmania into the Southern Ocean – which encircles Antarctica below 40 degrees south latitude – and measured the bioaerosol composition – the particles in the atmosphere – at several points. They took measurements from the boundary layer, a part of the lower atmosphere that comes in direct contact with the ocean’s surface and reaches as high as 1.2 miles (1.9 km) into the atmosphere. The study, published June 1, 2020, in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found the boundary layer air that feeds the lower clouds over the Southern Ocean to be pristine, free from particles, called aerosols, connected to human pollution or other activity or transported from distant lands.