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Western Forum 2018 Recap

Tuesday, April 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health was held February 22-24 in beautiful (and snowy!) Seattle, Washington. Nearly 300 attendees from 20 states participated in the three-day event featuring two plenary sessions, 36 breakout sessions, 20 posters, and 22 exhibitors. This year's theme, Resilient, Strong Communities, recognized the importance and power of collective action in our pursuit of creating sustainable, lasting change. Participants engaged in peer-learning activities and networked with one another as they learned about innovative programs and strategies to advance health.


Highlights from this year's conference included an extraordinary panel during the opening plenary featuring Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, Jorge Baron, executive director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Dr. Julian Perez, a physician at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. The panelists shared their insights and strategies for community engagement, emphasizing the importance of focusing on community assets and resilience to help communities recognize their own power and ability to advocate against injustice.


Lorena Gonzalez  Jorge Baron  Dr. Julian Perez 


After more than two days of intense learning and networking, at the closing plenary attendees were treated to a very lively and beautiful performance by Joyas Mestizas, a Mexican Folklorico youth group. Then, author Tim Z. Hernandez closed things out with a stirring presentation, telling stories from his most recent book All They Will Call You, which gives back the identities of the 28 Mexican citizens killed in a 1948 plane crash that inspired the Woody Guthrie song Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos). Tim's message of our shared humanity served as a fitting reinforcement of our work to ensure that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are from, deserves to have health care.


 Joyas Mestizas  Tim Z. Hernandez


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 20-22, 2019, in the "City of Roses," Portland, Oregon.


Many thanks to our 2018 Western Forum sponsors!


Annual Sponsor    National Center for Farmworker Health
Presenting Sponsor    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Champion Sponsor    Kaiser Permanente
Poster Session Sponsor    Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
Supporting Sponsor    Amerigroup
Continuing Nursing Education    Migrant Clinicians Network


Seth Doyle, Manager - Community Health Improvement Program, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

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