Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums

For each case study, the following questions were used to facilitate discussion, understanding and resource development. Questions were used for each of the case studies but were updated with each story's character names.

1. Now that you h ave heard Sara’s story, what are some of your first thoughts and reactions?

2. What health care and business risk management planning could Sarah have done to protect herself and the business? What information or resources could your organization bring to help prevent/support this farm enterprise? 3. Given where Sarah is now, what is the next step for her and what specific resources, opportunities, assets or building blocks does she need that your organization can help provide? Please include the name of the organization that provides the resource and the resource.

Note: These stories are fictional. They were developed based on the data collected from a national study of farm audiences and from informal interviews with farm audiences. Information can be found at:

Inwood, S. (2017, August). Agriculture, health insurance, human capital, and economic development at the rural-urban-interface. Journal of Rural Studies . 54, 1-14. Retrieved 9-11-18: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.05.009

Story Writers: Maria Pippidis and Laurie Wolinski, UD Cooperative Extension and Shannon Reed, USDA Rural Development Delaware and Maryland and Bonnie Braun, University of Maryland Extension

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