2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
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2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

2/24/2016 to 2/26/2016

When: 2/24 - 2/26/2016
Where: Hilton Executive Towers
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon  97204
United States
Registration Team

Phone: 206-783-3004 x 18

Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Advertisers
Continuing Education
Conference Fees
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Nanci Luna JimenezNanci Luna Jimenez


Nanci Luna Jimenez is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for her highly effective and insightful training, inclusive facilitation, and dynamic speaking with groups of diverse industries and cultural backgrounds. She founded Luna Jimenez Seminars & Associates in 1994 to design and deliver unique programs to encourage personal transformation toward a more just and equitable workplace and world. A Ford Foundation Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she also attended the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras, and completed El Programa Interdiciplinario de la Mujer at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.


Check out this sneak peek video to see what's in store for you during the keynote session at the 2016 Western Forum. 



Roberto Dansie, Ph.D.

Roberto Dansie


Maya and ancient wisdom scholar, Roberto Dansie has been internationally recognized as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He founded his company, Cultural Wisdom, in 1998, offering wisdom and training for a variety of sectors including universities, hospitals, mental health organizations, disability support organizations, migrant health and education, national refugee and immigrant collaberations, and minority and multicultural organizations. He is a dynamic speaker who brings wisdom, joy, music, and inspiration to all he encounters.



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Agenda Highlights


View the detailed schedule 


(Please note: schedule subject to change. This is a preliminary schedule and is provided to show the nature and content of conference programming.)


The Western Forum offers diverse learning opportunities for Migrant and Community Health Center staff and related health and health care professionals. The 2016 Western Forum will feature over 30 breakout sessions on a multitude of topics, including:

  • Access to Care: verifying agricultural worker status, addressing sub-populations including H2A workers and the LGBTQ community, and strategies to ensure coverage and access to care.
  • Clinical Topics in Migrant Health: agricultural worker health screenings, case studies discussing asthma, dental services, occupational health risks, and conducting clinical outreach.
  • Community Health Workers: best practices, successful models and programs utilizing CHWs to build community capacity and improve health equity; current issues and trends in the CHW workforce, including health system integration, training, financing, and policy development.
  • Health Education Tools: resources for addressing health literacy, women's wellness, oral health, and improving agricultural worker safety.
  • Partnerships: cultivation, relationship building, and community collaboration models to address social change and population health.
  • Policy and Advocacy: immigration updates, including current law and policy, issue framing, coverage for undocumented children, and how current trends in migration affect migrant health access and delivery.
  • Social Change: participate in foundational learning activities, learn about advocacy and activism, and obtain resources to make access, health, and social justice a reality for medically underserved populations.


Conference Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertiser Opportunities

To meet your marketing goals, consider a sponsorship from $500 to $10,000, with varied and negotiable benefits. Note that exhibit tables are tiered in price; see the prospectus for a floor plan. We publish a professional printed program of about 36 pages, a great place for advertising. Questions? Contact Jessica Burkard at jburkard@nwrpca.org or 206-519-5045.


Sponsorships at various levels are critical to making NWRPCA conferences fiscally viable and also affordable to health centers. All sponsors are featured prominently in the conference program and signage and are also acknowledged in the annual Report to Stakeholders. Click here to read more about NWRPCA conference sponsors.


Conference exhibitors have a unique opportunity to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest. Exhibit tables are still available. Click here to read more about NWRPCA exhibitor opportunities.



View the prospectus for more information:



View the Western Forum prospectus PDF



The 2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community health took place at:


Hilton Executive Towers

921 SW 6th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: (503) 226-1611 



Continuing Education

In support of helping health center staff, clinicians, administration, and board of directors pursue professional development, NWRPCA conferences are a consistent source of continuing education units (CEU). Each forum typically offers CEU in continuing nursing education (CNE) and continuing medical education (CME).


CEU certificates are accessed online. Conference attendees will be sent an email after the conference with instructions on how to process your CEU online. You will be responsible for completing the process online and printing your certificate. 



Conference Fees (all fees are per person):


Early-Bird Registration Fees: (end January 13, 2016) 

Regular Conference Fee - $300.00

Community Heath Worker/Student/AmeriCorps Volunteer Fee - $100.00

One-Day Conference Fee - $100.00


Standard Registration Fees:

Regular Conference Fee - $330.00

Community Health Worker/Student/AmeriCorps Volunteer Fee - $130.00

One-Day Conference Registration - $130.00


Groups of four or more who register together at the regular conference rate of $300 will receive 10% off the total registration fee. Apply the following promotion code at checkout: Forum2016Group. The discount will only apply to regular full conference registration. Please ensure you only use the discount code if you have four or more regular full conference attendees. Contact registration@nwrpca.org if you need assistance or more information.


The cancellation deadline is Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Cancellations must be in writing (email is fine).  Tuition will be refunded less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made after the deadline are not refundable.



NWRPCA is able to offer a limited number of stipends to qualifying individuals and organizations.  A maximum of two full stipends (tuition and travel) will be awarded per organization.


The application deadline has now passed.  Stipend awards were announced December 21, 2015.  If you have any questions, please email Kelly Rondou.


Please note that stipends are intended to help frontline staff (e.g. community health workers, promotores/as, outreach workers, patient navigators) from community and migrant health centers to attend the conference. Priority will be given to those individuals.


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