2017 Increasing Access Celebration Victory Circle at Midwest Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health
This year’s Midwest Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health Closing Plenary in Grand Rapids, MI, was a celebration of health centers’ accomplishment of serving 957,529 agricultural workers and their families in 2016, an increase of 47,357 over 2015.
Participants were lead in an exercise, facilitated by NCFH CEO, Bobbi Ryder, to create a Victory Circle celebrating and, documenting health centers’ strategies contributing to this nationwide increase in access. Participants at each table were asked to discuss and then document one activity that they were doing/had done to increase access to care. Representatives from each table then shared their achievements with the full group attending the closing plenary.
The following are individual responses, by state reflecting a significant in investment in addressing the social determinants of health for this very special population.
Participants documented their achievements on circles provided for this purpose which were then displayed as a visual graphic surrounding the 2003 Commemorative Artwork poster by Austin Artist, Lyrae Perry. NCFH expressed its appreciation to those who stayed through the last session on the last day and contributed to this graphic display, by awarding a Giclée fine art print of “Vigilando el Futuro” to one lucky participant at each of 10 tables via hidden chair tags.
As promised, an 8x10 photograph of the graphic display was personally presented to BPHC leaders, Jim Macrae and Tonya Bowers the following week as a collective demonstration of front line commitment to increasing access to quality care for this essential Ag labor workforce.
What has your health center done to increase access to care for Ag workers and their families? Please let us know so we may share with other health centers, and continue to build on the momentum of our 2016 increase in access.
The National Center for Farmworker Health
Improving health care access for one of America's most vulnerable populations