As president of the United Farm Workers of America, Arturo S. Rodriguez is continuing to build the union Cesar Chavez founded into a powerful voice for immigrant workers by increasing its membership and pushing historic legislation on immigration reform and worker rights.
Rodriguez is leading the UFW in bringing about meaningful change for farm workers by making it easier for them to organize and negotiate union contracts. He seeks to fundamentally transform American agriculture by creating jobs offering workers decent pay, comprehensive health coverage, retirement security, protections against toxic poisons, job security and guarantees against discrimination and sexual harassment. Under Rodriguez, the UFW is working to offer innovative alternative representation through benefits and services, and to extend innovative representation to workers temporarily brought to work in U.S. agriculture. His goal is also preserving America’s food supply through a strong and viable agricultural industry.
Rodriguez and his wife Sonia live near the UFW’s headquarters at Keene, in California’s Tehachapi Mountains.
El Teatro Campesino
Founded in 1965 by American playwright Luis Valdez as a means of organizing the nation’s agricultural workers through art and culture, El Teatro Campesino - literally “the Farm Workers’ theater” - has been at the forefront of using theater as an artistic generator of social change for five decades. ETC’s seminal work has impacted and influenced several artists and cultural institutions in developing an acting technique, aesthetic, and narrative of Latinos’ pursuit of social justice in the United States and internationally. From flat bed trucks to the Broadway stage, this multigenerational company has worked to empower Chicano/Latino artists and communities from its home in San Juan Bautista, California since 1971.
The Western Forum offers diverse learning opportunities for Community and Migrant Health Center staff and related health and health care professionals. The 2017 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.
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. We publish a professional printed program - a great place for advertising.
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.
Conference exhibitors have a unique opportunity to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest. Exhibit tables are available.
Learn more about conference exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser opportunities and options on our website.
View the 2017 Western Forum Prospectus for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers and contact Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, NWRPCA's Development Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-519-5049 for more information.
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The conference venue information, including the group rate and discount code to book your accommodations, will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email.
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.
The specific 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health CEU will be announced.
Abstract submission is now closed. Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2017 Spring Primary Care Conference in Spokane, WA.
If you are interested in presenting at the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health poster session, please complete the Poster Session Submission Form by January 27th, 2017.
We are pleased to offer a 7% discount off all published fares to San Francisco from any Alaska Airlines U.S. city via Alaska Airlines. This discount is available for all flights taking place between February 19-26, 2017 (except February 20).
How to book:
To take advantage of the discount, go to the Alaska Airlines website, click on "Use Discount Code", enter your origin and destination cities and travel dates, enter Discount Code ECMX448 and click on "Find Flights". All eligible flights will display for you to choose from.
Conference Fees (all fees are per person):
Early-Bird Registration Fees: (end January 31, 2017)
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 - $350.00
Community Health Worker/Student/AmeriCorps Volunteer Fee - $150.00
One-Day Conference Registration - $150.00
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: 2017WFGroup. 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 email@example.com if you need assistance or more information.
The cancellation deadline is Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 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.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health! Please view the volunteer listing for more information and apply today. Contact Marleen Arenivar, NWRPCA's Event Planner, for any questions.