Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health Wrap-up
Friday, March 14, 2014
by Seth Doyle, Community Health Improvement Program Manager, NWRPCA
The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health broke records
again in 2014, with more than 300 registered, 20 exhibitors in the hall,
32 breakout sessions and three plenary sessions. Rishi Manchanda,
author of The Upstream Doctors, kicked off the event to a packed house.
Using the classic public health parable – “the upstream story of
prevention” – to guide his presentation, Dr. Manchanda challenged the
audience to think differently about the healthcare provider’s role in
addressing the social determinants of health. On Thursday Seth Holmes
walked the audience through the fascinating research behind his book,
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies, for which he lived and harvested alongside
indigenous migrant farmworkers in the Skagit Valley of Washington state.
The Forum concluded with a captivating presentation by Laura Porter of
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF) on Adverse Childhood
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center sponsored its
traditional poster session to share the results of pertinent recent
research in the fields of environmental and occupational health. CHEF
was the Champion Sponsor for this year’s Forum, which also had support
from uniVerse Language Solutions, Hidalgo Medical Services Center for
Health Innovation, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, and California
PCA. As is a Forum tradition, Health Outreach Partners presented the
Sister Cecilia B. Abhold award for excellence in health outreach
services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. This year’s recipient was
Quincy Community Health Center.
NWRPCA would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations,
including our partners, sponsors, planning committee, presenters, and
attendees, who contributed to the success of this year’s Forum. Please
join us next year for the 2015 Western Forum for Migrant and Community
Health, February 23-25, 2015 in beautiful San Diego, California.