About the Center

About the CenterThe National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) was established in 1997 with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide a wide range of services related to children and adolescents living in rural areas and working in agricultural environments.

  • Provides guidance for childhood injury prevention programs.
  • Convenes consensus development sessions to address complex or controversial issues in childhood injury prevention.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to professionals on youth safety issues.
  • Enhances communication linkages among child safety advocates in public and private sectors.

About the Project Advisors

External Advisors

  • Carrie Klumb, Epidemiologist – Minnesota Department of Health (UMASH)
  • Karen Kollars, Agritourism Development Consultant, Sidney, NE.
  • Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator at University of California Small Farm Program, Davis, CA.
  • Heather Olsen, Associate Director – National Program for Playground Safety
  • Kirk Smith, Manager, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Tami Thompson, Owner – Lazy O Farms
  • Tom Tweite, Owner – Tweite’s Family Farm
  • Craig Underwood, Owner – Underwood Family Farms

National Children’s Center Staff

  • Marsha Salzwedel, MS, Project Leader, Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist
  • Barbara Lee, RN, PhD., Director of the National Children’s Center
  • Tammy Ellis, Education Outreach Specialist
  • Bryan Weichelt, Project Manager

Mailing Address

National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Phone: 1.800.662.6900 or 715.389.4999

Contact Form

Feel free to send us any questions, comments or suggestions using the form below. You may alternatively email us directly at nccrahs@mcrf.mfldclin.edu.



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