Let’s Talk About Arthritis Training Series

About the Training

The Arthritis Foundation – Mid-Atlantic Region in partnership with the NC AgrAbility Partnership and North Carolina Agromedicine Institute invites you to join us for  “Let’s Talk About Arthritis – Hablemos Sobre Artritis training series.  At the end of this train-the-trainer workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. State the importance of arthritis education for Farmworkers
  2. Describe osteoarthritis
  3. Identify at least 3 risks factors for Osteoarthritis
  4. List some ways to lower risk of Osteoarthritis


Trainings will be delivered in English and Spanish and is open to individuals providing migrant/seasonal health outreach services to farmworkers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. Registration is free and includes lunch.  Attendees receive full training manual, teaching flipchart and more. This training series is made possible by a safety grant from the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and is part of a partnership with the Arthritis Foundation- Mid Atlantic Region. Registration is now open for the last regional 2015 training. Click the regional training below you wish to attend. You will be redirected to the registration page.

For more information, click here to view the PDF flier for this event.

For questions contact Nick Turkas, Arthritis Foundation–‐MidAtlantic Region, 4530 PARK ROAD, SUITE 230, CHARLOTTE, NC 28209 Phone: 800-365-3811 or email nturkas[at]arthritis.org.  Questions may also be directed to the NC Agromedicine Institute 252.744.1008 or coordinator[at]ncagrability.com.

The “Let’s Talk About Arthritis/Hablemos Sobre Artritis” training curriculum was originally developed and implemented by the National Center for Farmworker Health, Missouri Arthritis, Research and Training Center, and Missouri AgrAbility Project. The Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MARRTC) and the Missouri AgrAbility Project offer simple solutions to help farmers, ranchers and farmworkers prevent and better cope with arthritis. Click here to learn more about these programs and their comprehensive list of resources.

Training Reporting

If you have completed a “Let’s Talk About Arthritis/Hablemos Sobre Artritis” Train-the-Trainer Workshop with us and have conducted your own trainings using materials from the training, we want to hear from you! Please click on the link below to complete a brief survey about the training or educational session you conducted. Completing this survey will help us gauge how effective our training series is, help us make improvements and also help lead efforts to develop and make new materials more accessible to outreach professionals and farmworkers.

“Lets Talk About Arthritis/Hablemos Sobre Artritis” Reporting Tool


Resources for Trainers

Here are a few of the resources or links covered in the training. Most of these are available in both English and Spanish, and are linked below from their respective sources or websites. Click the titles below to be redirected to these locations.

Arthritis Foundation: Mid-Atlantic: Home of the many resources available within the Arthritis Foundation, Mid Atlantic Region. Here you will find information, programs, special events and volunteer opportunities in your community in North Carolina.

Arthritis & Agriculture explains the correlation between arthritis and its related diseases and the agricultural work force. General disease information, signs and symptoms, and daily management of arthritis are provided on the site, in addition to information regarding available resources and materials.

Arthritis and Agriculture: A guide to Understanding and Living with Arthritis  is a 23-page brochure focused on agricultural workers that discusses such topics as: common types of arthritis, managing arthritis, unproven arthritis remedies, and sources of assistance. Since this publication is designed specifically for agricultural workers, it gives advice on methods of modifying farm and ranch tasks to provide added protection to joints.

The publication also emphasizes proper diagnosis, exercise, medication, stress management, and working with a team of professionals to cope with arthritis. A variety of organizations are listed for those wanting further assistance with arthritis or disability-related issues. This publication is a product of the Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter-Heartland Region and the National AgrAbility Project.

Farmworker Patient and Prevention Tools for Occupational Health in Agriculture: links to teaching materials for farmworker education in major topics of agricultural health and safety

National Center for Farmworker Health: Library & Publications: links to materials for health tips and bilingual patient education tools. “NCFH offers the print edition for free to all Community/Migrant Health Centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers).” See their website for more details.

Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farmworkers: simple, comprehensive guide to basic ergonomics and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in agriculture from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health.

CDC Quick Stats on Arthritis: lists short statistical information about prevalence, impact, cost, interventions and more. Works as a great list of talking point or additions to educational presentations.

Arthritis Foundation in Spanish! Order educational brochures or share tips and programs available to manage and increase quality-of-life with Arthritis through the National Arthritis Foundation- Spanish website.