2019 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health

Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
May 7-9, 2019


2019 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health Program

The Conference for Agricultural Worker Health is the only conference dedicated solely to the health and well-being of America’s migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) sponsors this conference each year to bring together leaders in migrant health to learn from each other to improve the health and well-being of this population.

Community and Migrant Heath Centers (C/MHCs) serve one million migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. This represents approximately 22% of the estimated number who reside in the country. Clearly, much work is left of be done to increase the reach to this population. Three years ago, NACHC’s Committee for AG Worker Health launched the AG Worker Access 2020 Campaign and established a 12-member Task Force to develop more effective outreach efforts, identify new models and strategies, provided training and technical assistance all designed to better reach this population. Since, we have served over 100,000 new farmworker families. While this is a modest increase, given the current political climate facing this population and other immigrant communities, some challenges and barriers persist that contributed to this modest increase. However, in spite of these challenges, our collective efforts helped reach new farmworker families.

Hot Air Balloons Over the Bosque. Photo credit: City of Albuquerque

Since the inception of the campaign, we have learned that we cannot be as effective by simply working within the health center world alone. Rather, we must work closely with other like-minded organizations at the local, state and national level. The Task Force has been re-configured to broaden the membership of the Task Force beyond community health centers. The Task Force now includes representatives from entities such as farmworker housing projects; migrant and seasonal head start grantees; faith based organizations; migrant education, to name a few. We know the campaign is working, but we must do better, we can and we are.

We are proud of the 2019 Conference theme “Honoring Our Farmworker Women” to recognize the contributions of women in migratory and seasonal agricultural work since the Migrant Health Act was passed in 1962. In recognition of farmworker women and those who have dedicated their career to serving this population, the Honorable Dolores Huerta will join us to provide the keynote and highlight the contribution of women in supporting agriculture work.

For those who are new to the field of migrant health we will look back at the history and growth of the migrant health program with distinguished speakers who will reflect on evolution of the program. By becoming familiar with our roots and history, we can better serve our communities and prepare future generations of migrant health center leaders.

Come and join us in the Land of Enchantment in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference will afford you the opportunity to connect with your peers, learn about effective strategies, tools and models that have proven to better serve our country’s agricultural workers and their families. This knowledge can make a difference in your organization and improve your own effectiveness as a leader.

NACHC Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. NACHC will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. This also includes inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter
and other online media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of NACHC.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately.

NACHC is a nonpartisan and noncommercial organization. Conference speaker presentations may not necessarily reflect the views of NACHC and the presence of vendors, exhibitors and sponsors does not constitute endorsement of their respective products or services.

2019 Leader Sponsors

Ag Worker Health Vendor Collective

Silver Sponsor