Upcoming Webinar on Reaching Farmworkers in Disasters

By: Mollie Melbourne

The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is hosting a webinar on May 26, 2010 at 10 am PST about reaching Farmworkers through Migrant Health Centers during emergencies and has graciously opened the event to everyone interested in the topics.  The webinar is free but participants do need to register to attend.  Click here to register.  See below for the details:

Events of recent years have highlighted the importance of planning and preparing for the continuity of healthcare services in the event of any type of emergency or disaster.  Providing healthcare services to the migrant farmworker population poses a host of challenges to service providers under the best of circumstances–challenges such as isolated rural work and home locations, group housing, mobility, limited English proficiency, cultural factors, transportation, documentation status, and poverty.  The significance of these factors is undoubtedly magnified under emergency circumstances.  This presentation will discuss emergency planning issues, recommendations and resources related to the farmworker population.

Who should attend?
Clinicians, Administrators, Migrant Health Center staff, Emergency Preparedness Coordinators

Learning Objectives
After attending this training, participants will be able to:
• Name two factors which make farmworkers particularly vulnerable during an emergency situation
• Identify two potential partners for emergency preparedness planning
• Describe ways in which community health workers or promotores can assist during an emergency

Hilda Ochoa Bogue, RN, MS, CHES
Resource Development/Policy Analysis Director
National Center for Farmworker Health

Candace Kugel, FNP, CNM
BPHC/HRSA Clinical Consultant
Migrant Clinicians Network