This is part 1 of a 3 part series spotlighting this year’s recipients of the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award. These individuals are pursuing educational opportunities that will further their work to ensure access to quality healthcare for Agricultural workers and their families. #AgWorkerAccess
Name: Hermelinda Marquez
Health Center: Valley-Wide Health Systems – Alamosa CO
Health Center Role: Interpreter/Translator
Educational Goal: Pursuing a certification course in Translation
Please tell us a little bit more about what you’re studying and how you are going to apply that in your work with Ag Workers?
I am going to look into an Interpreter class so that I can become certified. This will help me become more knowledgeable, so I help our patients better.
What led you to become an Ag Worker Access Champion?
I saw the need for those who can’t communicate due to language barriers.
Why do you care about increasing access to care for Ag workers?
I feel that because of their language barriers they fall through the cracks and don’t get the medical care they need.
What advice would you give to individuals interested in/considering a career in migrant health?
I love serving the patients and the community. It is very satisfying to me that I am able to help others with language communication.
About the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Scholarship Award: Since 1984, NCFH has awarded more than $220,000 in scholarships to health center staff and board members to assist them in in pursuing their educational goals and to contribute to the development of the Community Health Center workforce. The award is named in honor NCFH’s former CEO and lifelong Migrant Health Champion, Bobbi Ryder.
These scholarship awards ae made possible through funds raised from sales of NCFH commemorative fine art prints and posters.
The National Center for Farmworker Health
Improving health care access for one of America's most vulnerable populations