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Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health Wrap-up

Friday, March 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
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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 Experiences.

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.

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