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23rd Annual Midwest Stream Farmworker Health Forum
The 23rd Annual Midwest stream Farmworker Health Forum held on South Padre Island, TX was an absolute success! Thank you to all of the 200 attendees who made their way down to South Texas to help make this conference a wonderful event. Participants were offered 23 individual 90-minute breakout sessions, three exciting and information packed plenary sessions, and three 4-hour intensive sessions, totaling over 50 hours of educational opportunities! More than 50 speakers from across the country presented on a wide array of topics including: the Affordable Care Act, technology, cancer screening, outreach and enrollment, Community Health Worker programs, HIV, emergency preparedness, arthritis, pesticide exposure reporting, mental health, PCMH, and civic engagement, among many others. The 2013 Midwest Stream Forum also allowed the attendees a rare opportunity; on Thursday evening we were thrilled to host “Una Charla con Dolores Huerta: “La Responsibilidad del Destino de Nuestras Raices” where Ms. Huerta reviewed the historical role of migrant health centers as agents for change and guides in shaping the future of our communities. Immediately following the charla, Dolores provided hands-on community engagement training for CHW’s and Promotoras. The three other plenary sessions included updates from our Federal Partners at HRSA and the CDC, a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act featuring Israel Garcia, Jose Plaza, Joe Gallegos, and Dolores Huerta; a presentation on the Social Determinants of Health by Dr. Julian Perez; a review of the history and value of Community Health Workers by Ms. Emma Torres; an update on the status of immigration by Mr. Roger Rosenthal; and a presentation by dr. Seth Homes who spent over a year living, working, and migrating with farmworkers on the west coast.
The learning did not stop with these valuable sessions, though. There were 15 exhibitors on-site sharing a wide variety of products on information on an array of migrant and seasonal farmworker specific topics. In addition to exercising their minds, the 2013 Forum offered participants the opportunity to exercise their bodies with a Zumba class on Friday morning and a sunrise beach yoga class on Saturday morning. While the schedule was replete with important material, participants did have the opportunity to network as well. The Thursday evening Welcome Reception offered attendees the opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues in the lovely foyer of the Isla Grand, while listening to a local trio band. On Friday, folks were encouraged to strengthen relationships with new colleagues by joining them on the dance floor after a banquet dinner.
We sincerely thank all of you who were in attendance for making this’s Midwest Stream Forum on to remember! We hope that you found it as exciting, rejuvenating, and educational as we did! Please join us next November 20-22 when we return to lovely San Antonio, Texas for the 24th Annual Midwest Stream Farmworker Health Forum.
Marisol Bravo trains participants on MHP’s “Promotores (as) Connect” project during an intensive session on technology.
NCFH COO, Sylvia Partida and NCFH Board Member Lucy Ramirez pose for a photo during the Thursday evening Welcome Reception.
Dolores Huerta answers questions from the audience on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.
Stream Forum Presentations