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Associate Research Scientist in Rural Sociology, Adjunct Faculty - National Farm Medicine Center, The Ohio State University

Florence Becot is a rural sociologist with over 10 years of agricultural interdisciplinary research experience. As an associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, her research program focuses on the health, well-being, safety, and economic viability of farm families in the United States and France. Her research considers the difficulties farm families face in meeting social needs such as health care, childcare, or aging and the impacts that can have on the farm business development. Her work also explores the availability and types of social supports, including social policy and crisis support. She earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where she holds an adjunct position, and was previously a researcher at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Associate research scientist, National Farm Medicine Center/Marshfield Clinic Research Insititute
  • –present
    Research scientist in rural sociology, The Ohio State University
  • 2013–2017
    Research Specialist, University of Vermont

Education

  • 2020 
    The Ohio State University, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of Vermont, Masters of Science
  • 2006 
    University of Rennes 1 (France), Bachelors' of science

Publications

  • 2021
    Farmer Mental Health in the US Midwest: Key Informant Perspectives, Journal of Agromedicine
  • 2020
    Rural Telehealth Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Long-term Infrastructure Commitment may support rural health care systems resilience, Journal of Agromedicine
  • 2020
    Health care and health insurance access for farm families in the United States during COVID-19: Essential workers without essential resources?, Journal of Agromedicine
  • 2020
    The case for integrating household social needs and social policy into the international family farm research agenda, Journal of Rural Studies
  • 2019
    Health insurance as part of national farm policy, Choices
  • 2019
    Responding to Crisis: Farmer Mental Health Programs in the Extension North Central Region, Journal of Extension

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Taking care of farm children during COVID-19 and their exposure to farm risk
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 2020
    Linking Childcare to Farm Children Safety
    Role:
    Principal investigator
    Funding Source:
    CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Professional Memberships

  • Agriculture Food and Human Values Society
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • European Society for Rural Sociology
  • International Sociological Association
  • International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health