August 1, 2018
Lisa Mendoza Miller 512-3125451 Miller@ncfh.org
NATIONAL CENTER FOR FARMWORKER HEALTH ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CHANGE IN
Buda, TX: The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of agricultural workers nationwide, announced that Sylvia Partida, MA, has been selected to assume the position of President and CEO of NCFH, following the retirement of Bobbi Ryder at the end of this year. Ms. Partida has served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2000.
Sylvia is highly qualified to succeed Ms. Ryder. As COO, she has contributed significantly to the stability of NCFH, and helped implement programmatic and operational improvements across the organization. She holds degrees in Education (BA, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX) and Clinical Psychology (MA, St. Mary’s University, TX).
Bobbi joined NCFH in 1986, after moving her family from SW Michigan where she ran health centers for the Migrant and Rural Community Health Center Association (now InterCare Community Health). Bobbi is nationally recognized both for her deep knowledge of health center administration and her incomparable compassion for agricultural workers, sparked by early personal experiences and reflected in her 50-year career in migrant service that includes leadership positions in day care, Head Start, education and health.
“Bobbi has had an exemplary career and has provided extraordinary leadership to NCFH,” said Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, the Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. “Likewise, Sylvia has demonstrated the highest level of commitment and dedication to assuring access to high-quality care for our nation’s migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. We have the utmost confidence in Sylvia and her ability to lead the organization in the coming years.”
Ms. Partida will take the helm of the organization on January 1, 2019.
The National Center for Farmworker Health is a private, not for profit health care organization, located in Buda TX. It was founded in 1975 by Dan Cardenas, who led the organization until 1985 when he accepted a position in Washington DC with the National Association of Community Health Centers. The Mission of NCFH is to improve the health status of agricultural worker families through the provision of innovative training, technical assistance and information services to Migrant and Community Health Centers. Primary funding is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the nation-wide network of Community Health Centers, including 179 of which are strategically located to serve migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. National priorities for both NCFH and HRSA include the provision of services to increase access to quality care, improve health outcomes (with a focus on diabetes prevention and management), and overcome barriers to optimal health for the population that works so hard to put food on our tables.