Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

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The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is an annual conference bringing together health professionals from migrant and community health centers and allied organizations for the purposes of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development.

 

2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Theme: Access. Equity. Justice. 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Dates: February 24-26, 2016
Keynote Address: Nanci Luna Jimenez, Nanci Jimenez Seminars & Associates

 

Many thanks to our 2016 Western Forum sponsors!

Champion Sponsor

Foundation for Health Generations

Providence

 

Advocate Sponsor

UnitedHealthcare

 

Supporter Sponsors

The Inline Group

Bastyr University

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center

Pfizer RxPathways

 

Bag Sponsor

Allied Health Center 

 

Interpretation Services

Oregon Certified Interpreter's Network Inc.

 

View the 2016 Western Forum Program PDF


 

2015 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Theme: Advancing Health Equity through Community Action 
Location: San Diego, California 
Dates: February 23-25, 2015
Keynote Address: Dr. Anthony Iton, The California Endowment

 

Attendees from 15 states converged on beautiful San Diego February 23-25 for the third iteration of what was originally the “Western Migrant Stream Forum,” now with a broader focus on population health in general.

 

 

 

The Forum featured 32 breakout sessions and three plenary sessions addressing a wide range of topics related to the Affordable Care Act, immigration policy, health equity and the social determinants of health, cultural competence, community partnerships and coalition building, the community health worker workforce, health care access for underserved populations, and occupational and clinical health issues affecting farmworker and immigrant populations. 

 

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, of The California Endowment, a nationally recognized leader and expert in the field of health equity, offered a lively keynote presentation on the effects of race, zip code, and other determinants on the health of vulnerable populations.

 

At the closing plenary session, Gabrielle Lessard, JD, a health policy attorney from the National Immigration Law Center, delivered an impassioned and informative speech regarding the current state of President Obama's executive action on immigration and the potential effects of this action on the health of immigrant communities. 

 

National Center for Farmworker Health, a member of NWRPCA, engaged the audience in a comprehensive effort to identify the challenges that farmworkers face in being able to make use of the primary care services offered them through health centers and sound approaches that might turn that tide.

 

On Tuesday evening a crowd of more than 60 gathered for a bonus session and sat in rapt attention for the screening of the powerful "Food Chains" documentary.  Smriti Keshari, the film’s producer, was present for the screening and participated in an engaging panel discussion along with local farmworker and food system activists.  
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 23-25, 2016, in the beautiful “City of Roses,” Portland, Oregon. 

 

 

Many thanks to our 2015 Western Forum sponsors.

Champion Sponsor

California HealthCare Foundation

 

Advocate Sponsor

Foundation for Healthy Generations

 

Interpretation Services Sponsor

uniVerse Language Solutions

 

View the 2015 Western Forum Program PDF


 

2014 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Theme: Re-Imagining Healthy Communities
Location: Seattle, Washington
Dates: February 26-28, 2014
Keynote Address by Rishi Manchanda, physician and author

 

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 Experiences.

 

 

Many thanks to our 2014 Western Forum sponsors.

Champion Sponsor

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation


Interpretation Services Sponsor

uniVerse Language Solutions


Supporter Sponsors

Center for Health Innovation

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics


Poster Session Sponsor

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center


Coffee Break Sponsor

California Primary Care Association

 

View the 2014 Western Forum Program PDF


2013 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Theme: Bridging the Gap for Total Community Health
Location: San Francisco, California
Dates: February 20-22, 2013
Keynote Address by Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers

 


2012 Western Migrant Stream Forum

Theme: Camino al Cambio: A Movement toward Health, Wellbeing, and Justice
Location: Portland, Oregon
Dates: February 15-17, 2012
Keynote Address by Roberto Dansie, Maya and Ancient Wisdom Scholar

 


2011 Western Migrant Stream Forum

Theme: Comunidades Sanas, Comunidades Seguras: Honoring a Generation of Service to Farmworkers
Location: Oakland, California
Dates: February 16-18, 2011
Keynote Address by Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Keynote Address by Luis Valdez, Founder and Director of El Teatro Campesino

 

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