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Begun by NCCHCA in 1988, the Forum is the oldest annual conference dedicated to improving health outcomes and health care delivery to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families on the East Coast. It was created for health care providers, outreach workers and front-line staff that are employed by federally-funded Migrant and Community Health Centers.

10/23/2014 to 10/25/2014
When: October 23-25, 2014
12:00 AM
Where: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15219
United States

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Thank You for a Successful 2014 Forum!

Celebrating Excellence and Commitment to Improving the Health of Farmworkers


NCCHCA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award is Mary Englerth, Administrator and Clinical Director of Keystone Farmworker Health in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Mary began her association with Keystone Health as the Director of the Migrant Program 26 years ago. Joanne Cochran, CEO of Keystone Health, eloquently praised Mary saying, “She has lived through, loved through, and worked through many roles and responsibilities in her life at Keystone. She was and is not only the Clinical Director; she is and has been the Migrant primary care provider, the program administrator, the advocate for farmworkers and their families, the cheerleader for the staff on the dark days, the bank for many of the migrant families who have no money for medication, the educator, the cleaning lady, and yes, the shoulder to cry on for our failures.” Congratulations and thank you for your work, Mary!

NCCHCA received a nice surprise at the Forum, when we accepted the Sister Cecilia B. Abhold Award from Health Outreach Partners (HOP.) HOP’s CEO Oscar Gomez noted that NCCHCA was chosen for this annual award to “honor their leadership in, advocacy for, and advancement of outreach programs both at the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum and beyond. They have remained leaders in outreach and have ensured that the training and development of outreach workers and programs is an essential part of the forum. As outreach has grown in popularity and is being incorporated into more conferences and discussions, HOP believes that NCCHCA remains a pioneer, ensuring that the heart and spirit of outreach, all the intangibles, are a core part of the forum.” We at NCCHCA are deeply honored by this recognition and grateful to HOP for this award and for our continued collaboration and partnership.




José Galvez, documentarian photographer

For over 40 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer José Galvez has used black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life. For José, photographing the lives of Latinos is not a one-time project or “current passion” but a lifelong commitment. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California: the first Chicanos to win the Prize. In 2004, José and his family moved to North Carolina to photograph Hispanic immigration in the South. In 2005, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) through the support of the Ford Foundation and JP Morgan Chase awarded him and his wife, Anne, partial funding to create the photography/oral history project “Land of Opportunity: Latino Entrepreneurs of North Carolina.”  Today, José tours the country with his work, inspiring audiences with his life stories.

José Villa, CEO, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

José Simón Villa (PhD) serves currently as the Chief Executive Officer of the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP).  Serving children ages birth to five years, ECMHSP is committed to preparing young children for educational success, especially the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers,  by providing holistic, high quality early childhood services for families in a nurturing, culturally sensitive environment.  Prior to this post, he served in various capacities at ECMHSP, including on the board of directors, and worked for many years in higher education at Ohio State University, with his posts including Assistant Vice Provost of the Office of Minority Affairs; Director of the College Assistant Migrant Program; and Program Coordinator for Hispanic Affairs.  He has also served on many regional and national committees, including the Board of Directors for the Mid-west Association of Farmworkers Association, and was chairperson of the Governor’s Committee on Migrant Workers in Ohio.  After traveling as a migrant farmworker with his family through the Midwest while growing up, Dr. Villa has since devoted his life to the advancement of migrant youth.  His dissertation research in Higher Education Administration focused on the educational aspirations of migrant youth.  Dr. Villa’s presentation will include his life story, a showing of a short film created by ECMHSP “And God Made a Farmworker,” and a brief discussion on the power of collaboration between health centers and Migrant Head Start in serving migrant families.

Excursion to Soergel Orchards-$40

We'll take a brief bus ride to the Soergel family orchard for a walking tour to hear about the history of the farm and its workers. Around the market they have planted a variety of fruit trees, mostly apple, but also cherry, plum and peach. Their gift barn features Amish furniture, a wine shop, and Naturally Soergel's, a natural and organic market.

New! Biannual Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

We are excited to announce that the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) will meet at Sheraton Station Square Pittsburgh October 22-23, 2014.  This is a separate meeting from the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum and it is open to the general public.  There will be testimony from local farmworkers the afternoon of October 22 which is also open to the public.  NACMH is legislatively mandated to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the health and well-being of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families.

Registration Information

FEES (includes bag/padfolio, learning materials, and meals)

Full Conference Registration$375
4th Registrant or More from Same Organization
(ALL Registrations must be submitted together by mail or fax)
Student (Must Fax ID)/Farmworker/Lay Health Worker $200
Local Farm Visit (Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014) $40
One-Day Ticket     (Friday, October 24, 2014) $250


Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
(412) 261-2000
Reserve a Room
Room rate: $109 plus tax

About the Forum

The East Coast Migrant Stream Forum is an annual conference that offers farmworker health professionals an opportunity to explore new ideas, discover innovative strategies, and gain relevant training that contributes to improving health care delivery for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families living and working along the East Coast.

Each year, the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum strives to provide clinicians, outreach workers, and administrators an opportunity to hear from experts in the field about the latest trends in migrant health, to share best practices, to learn about cutting-edge research, and to discover the latest resources and services in farmworker health. Through workshops and networking, attendees are challenged to enhance their cultural competence and explore innovative ways to improve health care delivery to migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

The educational sessions are skills and outcome-based, and the conference will offer Continuing Education credits. The sessions are placed into five major disciplines:

  1. Clinical
  2. Outreach/Lay Health Promotion
  3. Policy
  4. Programmatic/Administrative
  5. Research

Continuing Education Credits

Physicians, Nurses, and Health Educators will be awarded continuing education credits from recognized accrediting bodies. Only registered participants are eligible for continuing education credits.

This Live activity, 2014 East Coast Migrant Stream Forum, with a beginning date of October 23, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 14.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and Health Educators: Continuing Nursing Education credit and units for Health Educators is being requested by Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN). Migrant Clinicians Network is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Those interested in receiving credits must:

1. Sign the Continuing Education Credits sign-in sheet at the NCCHCA registration desk.

2. Complete the online evaluation at

Once you complete the online evaluation, you will be prompted to enter the information needed for your CEU certificate. Evaluations must be submitted no later than November 25, 2014. We encourage you to complete the feedback.

The Forum is partially funded by the Health Resources & Services Admiistration, Bureau of Primary Health Care and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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