farm health volunteer named for Logan County
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Kristi Lessen, director of
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital's Healthy Communities Partnership,
is AgrAbility Unlimited's new community ambassador for Logan County.
As a community ambassador, Lessen will be the local contact for
information about the statewide AgrAbility Unlimited project. The
community ambassador is the project's first point of contact for
farmers, their family or farm workers dealing with the effects of a
disabling condition or illness. If you need information about
AgrAbility Unlimited, Lessen can help.
AgrAbility has been assisting Illinois'
agricultural community since 1991, when funding first became
available from the USDA. Since that time, AgrAbility Unlimited, a
joint effort of U of I Extension and Easter Seals Central Illinois,
has helped over 600 individuals in Illinois return to more active,
helps assess an individual's goals and work environment and
determine what, if any, modifications are needed for the person to
return to work or continue working more safely and efficiently in
the farm operation. AgrAbility's involvement is customized for each
client, based on the individual's goals and the level of assistance
the person wants and needs.
AgrAbility also helps locate funding
sources to help finance the necessary modifications. Many of these
funds come from the Division of Rehabilitation Services, a division
of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
AgrAbility Unlimited helps the newly
disabled as well as people who have dealt with these disabling
conditions for many years.
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Jim Williams, AgrAbility's field
coordinator, recruited Lessen and will support her efforts in this
new undertaking. As the local point of contact for the project, she
will be visiting agricultural and health-related organizations to
spread the word about AgrAbility Unlimited and the services it
offers, as well as attending local events that reach the area's
Lessen can be reached at (217)
732-2161, ext. 409, or
email@example.com. AgrAbility Unlimited's main office can
be reached at (800) 500-7325, ext.126. Information is also available
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