2018 Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health
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2018 Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health
2018 Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health

2/22/2018 to 2/24/2018

When: February 22-24, 2018
Where: Renaissance Hotel Seattle
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington  98104
United States
Registration Team

Phone: 206-783-3004

Overview »
Speakers »
Agenda Highlights »
Stipend Application »
Poster Session »
Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers »
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Alaska Airlines Discount »
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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.


Be part of our theme design!

This year's theme - Resilient, Strong Communities: Laying the Foundation for Health Equity - reminds us of the power of relentless collective action and persistent unified voices. Ultimately, it is the resilient community that creates sustainable, lasting change.


We invite you to represent this year's theme because you are part of the resilient, strong community laying the foundation for health equity. Each of us live and breathe the truth that accessible, equitable health is a fundamental right for all, and we have dedicated overwhelming amounts of time and energy to see the vision of true health, wellness, and well-being for all become reality for the patients and communities we serve.


Share a photo* that most represents you, whether it's of your community, your family, or your smiling face, we want to broadcast that you, and all of us collectively, are a community that will help see this vision through.


*Please note that your photo will be part of our digital and printed marketing materials prior to the conference and at the conference itself. By sending us your photo, you are authorizing the use of your photo for these purposes.



Opening Plenary Keynote Panel Speakers

Lorena Gonzalez, Seattle City Councilmember serving since 2016, has a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate. Born and raised in Washington's lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Councilmember González earned her first paycheck at the age of 8, alongside her parents and five siblings. She relied on scholarships and worked three jobs to attend community college and later Washington State University. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School, where she graduated with honors in 2005.


Councilmember González has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation, and Washington State Association for Justice. She's also a founding member of the National Advisory Committee for the Latino Victory Project - a national movement that builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.


Jorge L. Barón has served as the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. Jorge’s passion in advocating on behalf of immigrants is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and came to the United States at the age of thirteen. Jorge is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University and lives in Seattle with his wife Tyler and their three children, Isabella, Luna, and Luca.


Dr. Julian Perez has served as a Family Physician with Sea Mar Community Health Center since 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Idaho, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine (2004). He completed his Family Medicine Residency with in 2007 and his Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2016 with Swedish Family Medicine at Cherry Hill, in Seattle. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography.


Closing Plenary Keynote Speaker

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning writer, research scholar, and performance artist. The author of six books, including poetry, historical fiction, and non-fiction, Hernandez is the recipient of an American Book Award, the Colorado Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and on C-Span’s Book TV.


Named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, he was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The result of this work is the basis for his newly released book, All They Will Call You (University of Arizona Press). Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.


Agenda Highlights

View the agenda now


The 2018 Western Forum will feature over 30 sessions aimed at improving agricultural worker health, community health worker programs, community health policy, leadership development, and more. Breakout topics include:

  • Access to care
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Clinical topics in migrant health
  • Coalition building
  • Community-academic partnerships
  • Community health workers
  • Health education tools
  • Mental health
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Oral health
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Social change
  • Women’s health


View the brochure in PDF format.


Submit Your Stipend Application

NWRPCA is able to offer a limited number of stipends to qualifying individuals and organization. They are intended to help frontline staff from community and migrant health centers attend the conference. Priority will be given to those individuals.


The submission deadline has now passed. Please check back for future stipend opportunities to attend our trainings.


Participate in the Poster Session

This year’s Forum will feature a poster session sponsored by Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. The poster session is a great opportunity for individuals to present their research and projects related to topics such as community health, health equity, healthcare for underserved populations, and farmworker health.


Learn more and submit an abstract to present your poster.


Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor, 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. 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 2018 Western Forum Prospectus for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers and contact Seth Doyle, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Program Manager, at sdoyle@nwrpca.org or 206-519-5049 for more information.


View the prospectus in PDF format.


Get started now!


Fill out the form below to apply for an exhibit table, sponsorship level or advertising in the conference program. After your submission, Seth Doyle, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Program Manager, will contact you with more information.



Conference Location & Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104.


*Please be advised that the sidewalk on 6th Avenue outside the conference venue will be closed for maintenance starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24. 


Alaska Airlines Discount

We are pleased to offer a 7% discount off all published fares to Seattle from any Alaska Airlines U.S. city via Alaska Airlines. This discount is available for all flights taking place February 20-28, 2018.


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 ECMZ209 and click on "Find Flights". All eligible flights will display for you to choose from.


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.


The specific 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health CEU will be announced. 


Conference Fees

Conference Fees (all fees are per person):


Early-Bird Registration Fees: (end January 31, 2018) 

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


If you are planning on registering a group of 4 people or more for the full conference, please use the code 2018ForumGroup at checkout to receive 10% off your group's registration.


The cancellation deadline is Wednesday, February 8, 2018.  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.


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