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2016 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health: ACCESS, EQUITY & JUSTICE

Thursday, November 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is a nationally recognized event known for cutting-edge content, expert speakers and diverse audiences. In recent years, the event has expanded outside just migrant health centers, to include all community health centers. This is an ideal event for health center staff and health professionals to learn how to advance health equity for agricultural workers and other medically underserved populations.



This year, the Western Forum emphasizes the intersection of primary care and the social determinants of health. Join us in Portland, Oregon, on February 24-26, 2016 to attend sessions involving agricultural worker health, community health worker programs, community health policy, public health, immigration, partnerships, and leadership development.


Nanci Luna Jimenez, an internationally recognized speaker and educator, will join us as our keynote speaker.  A Ford Foundation Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Nanci designs and delivers unique programs to encourage personal transformation toward a more just and equitable workplace and world.


This year over 30 breakout sessions on a multitude of topics, including:

o   Access to Care: verifying agricultural worker status, addressing sub-populations including H2A workers and the LGBTQ community, and strategies to ensure coverage and access to care.


o   Clinical Topics in Migrant Health: agricultural worker health screenings, case studies discussing asthma, dental services, occupational health risks, and conducting clinical outreach.


o   Community Health Workers: best practices, successful models and programs utilizing CHWs to build community capacity and improve health equity; current issues and trends in the CHW workforce, including health system integration, training, financing, and policy development.


o   Health Education Tools: resources for addressing health literacy, women’s wellness, oral health and improving agricultural worker safety.


o   Partnerships: cultivation, relationship building and community collaboration models to address social change and population health.


o   Policy and Advocacy: immigration updates, including current law and policy, issue framing, coverage for undocumented children, and how current trends in migration affect migrant health access and delivery.


o   Social Change: participate in foundational learning activities, learn about advocacy and activism, and obtain resources to make access, health and social justice a reality for medically underserved populations.


Our closing plenary speaker, Roberto Dansie, PhD, a Maya and ancient wisdom scholar, has been internationally recognized as an eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He founded, Company Cultural Wisdom in 1998 and has been a recipient of many awards including the National Award for Community Development from the Department of Health and the Cesar Chavez Award from National Migrant Education. Dansie integrates wisdom, joy music and inspiration into his speeches and personal encounters. His personal belief that, “cultural wisdom is the collective insights of our ancestors which guide us on our journey to our true self,” will act as a perfect conclusion to the Western Forum.


To learn more about the event, registration and schedules, please visit the event page. For questions about this event, please contact Seth Doyle or Jessica Burkard for content, Lynn Gerlach for sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities. 


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