Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted by: Alyssa Panning
Communities Mobilizing for Health Equity
Jessica Burkard, NWRPCA
The 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health was held February 22-24 in beautiful San Francisco, California. Over 200 attendees from 17 states participated in the three-day event featuring over 30 breakout sessions. This year’s theme, Communities Mobilizing for Health Equity, recognized the importance of community building and grassroots organizing to effect change. Participants engaged in peer-learning activities and networked with one another as they learned about innovative community health worker programs, policy updates and methodologies to address social determinants of health.
Opening day kicked off with a welcome address by Seth Doyle, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Program Manager, followed by Joe Gallegos from NACHC addressing the national environment and closed with Bobbi Ryder from the National Center for Farmworker Health discussing the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign.
Arturo Rodriguez, President of the United Farmworkers, delivered a compelling keynote presentation regarding the history of the farmworker movement. He stressed the importance of unity, advocacy and remaining resilient as we enter a new era of community and migrant health.
The breakout sessions featured an array of diverse presentations touching on all aspects of migrant and community health.
This year, the agenda shifted away from traditional track categories to tracks that more closely reflected the heart and goals of their content:
* Addressing and Mitigating Trauma and Violence
* Agricultural Worker Updates and Trends in a Shifting Environment
* Organizing and Mobilizing for Health Equity
* Leadership and Professional Development
* The Role of Clinicians: A Deeper Dive
* Methods and Models of Sustainable Outreach
* Social Determinants of Health, Immigration and the Way Forward
* Fostering the Community Health Worker Workforce
* Continuation of the Promise of Delivery
* Exploring the Impact of Artistic, Creative Avenues
* Showcasing Community Health Worker Effectiveness
* Project-oriented Solutions Toward Health Equity
El Teatro Campesino, a theater group founded by American playwright Luiz Valdez, hosted a training teaching participants the power of theater as an artistic generator for social change. They closed out the Forum with a live performance.
NWRPCA would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations, including our sponsors, partners, exhibitors, planning committee, presenters, and attendees, who contributed to the success of this year’s Forum. We hope you will join us for next year’s Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health, February 22-24, 2018, in the “Emerald City,” Seattle, Washington.