2023 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health

Sowing Strength/Cultivando Fortaleza: Meeting Environmental, Social, and Care Challenges in Farmworker Health

May 2-4, 2023
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Seattle, WA

About the Conference

2023 Conference 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. 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.

The national Conference on Agricultural Worker Health will be held in beautiful Seattle, Washington, May 2-4, 2023. This in-person only event will have relevant, inspiring educational programming and helpful peer networking worth your time and participation! This is the only national conference dedicated to improving service delivery and health outcomes for Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers (MSAW) and their families.

Our conference theme is “Sowing Strength/Cultivando Fortaleza: Meeting Environmental, Social and Care Challenges in Farmworker Health”.  We have ample opportunities for networking with peers, being inspired during general plenary sessions, celebrating annual migrant health awardees, and increasing our understanding of key health care delivery, policy and outreach efforts, proven effective in serving over 1 million migrant and seasonal agricultural workers through community health centers and our partners across the country.

TAILORED EDUCATION SESSIONS – The conference will offer two parallel education tracks with 12 education breakout sessions. Education sessions will feature migrant health center practitioners, national subject matter experts and farmworker health policy advocates. Planned topics include:

Track A – Health Center Administrators, Executives and Board Members Track B – Clinicians/Provider Teams
Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in Health Center Strategic Planning Developing Sustainable Telehealth Programs to Support Farmworker Patients
Enhancing and Supporting Health Center Board Governance in Service to MSAW patient population Increasing Dental and Pharmacy Access for MSAW Patients: Innovations in Workforce Pathways
Caring for your Care Teams: Workforce Well-Being Strategies for Administrators to Consider Whole Person Care: SDOH Screening, Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care
Preserving and Expanding Healthcare Access for the Farmworker Population Promoting Health Care Access for LGBTQ+ Farmworkers
Community Organizing and Local Advocacy: A Tailored Workshop to Mobilize and Build Momentum Feeding those who feed us: Building Food Security, Nutrition and Dietetic Services into Migrant Health Care Delivery
Revenue Generation and Philanthropic Endeavors for Migrant Health Programs Outreach and Education: Lessons Learned from Immunizations and Asthma Programming

INSPIRING GENERAL PLENARY SESSIONS – Three general sessions and our annual awards luncheon will leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and informed! Topics under development include:

  • Federal Health Center Program Update from the U.S. HRSA/Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • National Policy Panel: Key areas to watch in 2023 relative to Farmworker Health and Well-Being
  • Promising Practices from our Host State: Spotlight on Washington’s Migrant Health Centers – History, Challenges, Opportunities and Outcomes
  • Extreme Heat and Climate Change: Effective Screening and Mitigation Strategies
  • Access Now! The National Access Campaign to Increase MSAWs served by Health Centers across the United States
  • CELEBRATE our 2023 Migrant Health Award Winners:
    • Outstanding Migrant Health Center
    • Outstanding Migrant Health Center Board Member
    • Outstanding Migrant Health Public Service Award
    • Lifetime Achievement in Migrant Health

Special thanks to the Conference Planning Committee, comprised of dedicated professionals working in service to MSAWs at health centers, state/regional primary care associations, and national training and technical assistance partners. Their ideas, design and development work are guiding this conference program to ensure an impactful educational event for all conference participants.

Agricultural Worker Access Campaign

The Ag Worker Access Campaign is a national initiative to increase the number of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers (MSAWs) and their families served in Community and Migrant Heath Centers (C/MHCs) across the U.S.

C/MHCs serve approximately 22% (977,744*) of the estimated 4.5 million Ag Workers and their families currently living in the U.S. Our goal is to increase the number of Agricultural workers and their families served ​in Health Centers to at least 2 million.

Launched in 2015, under the direction of NACHC’s’ Committee for Ag Worker Health and managed jointly by NACHC and the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), the Campaign has built nationwide momentum, resulting in an 85,688 increase in the number of MSAW patients served since its inception. The Campaign is guided by a 23-member national Task Force representing health centers, primary care associations, health center controlled networks, National Training and Technical Assistance Partners, and other organizations representing education, housing, and labor. Task Force priority areas include:

  • Ensuring C/MHC staff receive the training and technical assistance they need to effectively outreach to the Ag Worker population, and accurately classify and report them in UDS
  • Understanding and addressing MSAW’s unique needs and the barriers they face related to accessing health care
  • Identifying and disseminating promising practices for increasing access to care for MSAWs
  • Supporting local/regional/state coalitions between C/MHCs and other Ag worker-serving entities

*Source: 2020 UDS Data

We invite you to show your support and commitment to the migratory and seasonal agricultural worker population.

Join the Ag Worker Access Campaign initiative today!

The 2023 abstract submission site closed on December 22, 2022. Notifications will be sent to submitters in March. Questions? Contact the Meetings Department at meetings@nachc.com or call 301-347-0400.

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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, social events, 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.

Questions? Contact conferences@nachc.com or 301-347-0400 for more information.