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2013-2014 PROCEEDINGS OF THE FARMWORKER STREAM FORUMS
Each year, regional agricultural worker advocates, health and social service providers, policy makers, and other interested individuals gather in a series of three conferences called “stream forums.” One conference is located in each of three loosely-defined migratory streams, representing the flow of agricultural workers up and down the stream as they follow the harvest. The annual migrant health stream forums offer a valuable opportunity for people interested in migrant health to establish linkages with their colleagues. In addition to education sessions for board members, administrative personnel, and clinical care providers, the forums give individuals a chance to meet, exchange information, network and identify potential cooperative activities within their geographic region The conferences present an opportunity for participants to discuss topics of national significance as well as address issues which affect the delivery of services to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in their own region, and share successful strategies for addressing agricultural worker needs.
Base funding for the steam forums is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care. Additional funding is received each year from offices and agencies within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each Forum works with a dedicated group of committee members to develop the conference content, identify and recruit speakers, market and promote the conference and evaluate and conduct needs assessments for future planning.
The 2013-2014 Migrant Stream Forums were convened in the fall and winter of 2013-2014: the 26th Annual East Coast Migrant Stream Forum in Puerto Rico on Oct. 17-19; the 23rd Annual Midwest Stream Farmworker Health Forum in South Padre Island, Texas on November 14-16; and the 22nd Annual Western Migrant Stream Forum in Seattle, Washington on February 26-28, 2014. These proceedings offer a review of each of the forums including the conference program, participant demographics and contact information, conference sponsors, planning committee members and conference highlights.
The 2013-2014 Stream Forums assembled a total of 684 regional and national participants from a wide range of organizations, agencies, and backgrounds. The three venues provided 78 sessions in various educational tracks including, clinical, outreach, lay health, research, administration, policy and leadership. Continuing education credits were available in medical, nursing, social work and health education.
We encourage you to attend the 2014-2015 forums and invite your colleagues for the following dates:
East Coast Migrant Stream Forum, October 23- 25, 2014, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ; Midwest Stream Farmworker Health Forum, November 20-22, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas; and Western Migrant Stream Forum, February 23-25, 2014, in San Diego, California.
MIGRANT HEALTH STREAM FORUM HOST ORGANIZATIONS
National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
Bobbi Ryder, CEO
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Benjamin Money, CEO
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
MIGRANT HEALTH STREAM FORUM NATIONAL SPONSORS
Health Resources and Services Administration
Bureau of Primary Health Care