Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health
2014 Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health
February 26-28, 2014Seattle Marriott Waterfront
The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is an annual conference bringing together health professionals from migrant and community health centers and allied organizations for the purposes of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development.
The 2014 Forum was a great success, with record attendance, exciting and interactive sessions, and invigorating plenaries. We will post highlights soon.
Mark Your Calendar for next year's Forum, February 23-25, in San Diego.
Rishi Manchanda, a physician, public health entrepreneur, and writer, practices internal medicine and pediatrics and is the lead physician at a primary care clinic for homeless veterans in Los Angeles. He is also the founder and president of HealthBegins, which works to improve care for patients with medical and social needs. He previously practiced primary care at a community health center in South Los Angeles, focusing on social medicine and health equity. Dr. Manchanda’s recent TED book, The Upstream Doctors, argues that the future of our health, and our healthcare system, depends on growing and supporting healthcare practitioners who look upstream at the source of our health problems, rather than simply opting for quick-hit symptomatic relief.
Seth M. Holmes, a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician, focuses broadly on social hierarchies and health inequalities. His recent book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies, is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on five years of research in the field, traveling with and working migrants, his book uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Dr. Holmes is Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Theme: Bridging the Gap for Total Community Health
Location: San Francisco, California
Dates: February 20-22, 2013
Keynote Address by Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers
Theme: Camino al Cambio: A Movement toward Health, Wellbeing, and Justice
Location: Portland, Oregon
Dates: February 15-17, 2012
Keynote Address by Roberto Dansie, Maya and Ancient Wisdom Scholar
Theme: Comunidades Sanas, Comunidades Seguras: Honoring a Generation of Service to Farmworkers
Location: Oakland, California
Dates: February 16-18, 2011
Keynote Address by Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Keynote Address by Luis Valdez, Founder and Director of El Teatro Campesino