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Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health Highlights

Monday, December 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is just two months away! We are happy to announce Arturo Rodriguez, President, of the United Farm Workers of America as our keynote speaker. Arturo continues to build the union Cesar Chavez founded into a powerful voice for immigrant workers by increasing its membership and pushing historic legislation on immigration reform and worker rights over 35 sessions on a multitude of topics.

This year’s theme, Communities Mobilizing for Health Equity, recognizes the importance of community building and grassroots organizing to effect change. Community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) have been at the forefront of advancing health equity since they were first established during the civil rights movement. The 2017 Western Forum’s content is now available - Here is the conference at a glance:

Wednesday, February 22nd
Addressing and Mitigating Trauma and Violence - Responding to depression and trauma among agricultural workers, improving health outcomes through violence prevention, and community-based approaches to address workplace sexual harassment and violence in agriculture.
Agricultural Worker Updates and Trends in a Shifting Environment - The Affordable Care Act and its impact on agricultural workers strategies for effective outreach to migrant seasonal agricultural workers, and connecting H-2A workers to health insurance and health care.
Organizing and Mobilizing for Health Equity - The new environment for community and migrant health, strategies and tools to champion communities through advocacy, and methods for organizing for change.
Leadership and Professional Development - Growing the next generation of leadership, cultural competency, and customer service.

Thursday, February 23
The Role of Clinicians: A Deeper Dive - Shared medical visits for Latinos with Type 2 diabetes, integrative health care focused on the whole person, ensuring continuity of care for migrants, and palliative care.
Methods and Models of Sustainable Outreach - Effective data collection and analysis for a responsive community health needs assessment, barriers to health care among indigenous immigrants from Mexico, patient-centered transportation solutions, and improving communication with limited English proficient populations during emergencies.
Social Determinants of Health, Immigration, and the Way Forward - Immigrant rights and what to expect in a new administration, agricultural workers’ social determinants of health, driving the message on immigrant health, and documenting health center interventions to address patients’ social determinants of health.
Fostering the Community Health Worker Workforce - The role of Promotores(as) De Salud to address mental health in Latino communities, practices and training development for community health workers (CHWs) in primary care, developing common CHW evaluation indicators, and perspectives on workforce development and the promotor model.

Friday February 24th
Special Session: Tackling Zika - An interactive training for CHWs to prevent Zika in migrant workers.
Continuation of the Promise of Delivery - New protections to prevent pesticide exposure, and best practices in promoting pediatric oral health through dental sealants.
Exploring the Impact of Artistic, Creative Avenues - Digital storytelling and CHWs, and popular theater.
Showcasing CHW Effectiveness - CHW programs to address chronic illness, and opportunities for CHWs to leverage the SNAP program for training and expanded services.
Project-oriented Solutions Toward Health Equity - Exploring a CHW-led bicycling hub to reduce chronic disease in a frontier border community, and addressing social determinants of health.

Registration is now open! Be sure to register by January 31st, 2017 to receive the early bird special rate. If you are interested in exhibiting and/or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rosa Mitsumaru-Scotti. For general questions, contact Jessica Burkard / Seth Doyle, Community Health Improvement Program.

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