National Center for Farmworker Health

Governance and Board Training for Board Member and Executive Staff

Program Overview

The unique role of the consumer majority board of directors within Community/Migrant Health Centers (C/MHCs) has been a critical component since the inception of the program in 1962 and at the same time can present challenges that require special management. In order to be an effective board member, it is vital to understand a board member's roles and responsibilities and the HRSA expectations of C/MHC board of directors. It is important to know how to cultivate the knowledge and expertise of the board members, the board's relationship with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO), and how to bring it all together to maintain a healthy corporation. Board and executive staff must work in concert with each other in order to achieve a healthy relationship and to fortify the corporation as a whole. Whether training is provided for the benefit of new members or as a refresher for established members, NCFH can facilitate a relevant experience for all participants in a bi-lingual modality. Training techniques rely heavily on an initial assessment of participants' needs and interests, and training is delivered in an interactive manner and responsive to the findings of the assessment.

This training is available at conferences for multi-organizational audiences or as an on-site consultation for individual Migrant Health Centers.

Program Objectives

This training serves to:

  • Provide participants with a thorough overview of the roles and responsibilities of board members.
  • Outline the requirements and expectations for Migrant Health Centers set forth by the Bureau of Primary Health Care.
  • Enable participants to utilize a values based dialogue to fortify the relationships between board members and the organization's CEO.

Program Highlights

Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members

Training begins with a detailed and broad account of the relationship and roles specific to individuals who have chosen to become board members. Board members will receive thorough instruction regarding expectations and a detailed account of board member responsibilities.

HRSA Expectations of Migrant Health Centers

Participants will receive the information and tools to understand the Bureau of Primary Health Care's expectations of the migrant health centers and the implications for board members.

Effective Board and Executive Communications

Participants will be introduced to the techniques of a values based dialogue. Trainers will provide participants with the opportunity to actively participate in the demonstration of values based dialogue as a tool to enhance relationships between board members and the CEO of the organization.