Overcoming Individual and Systemic Barriers to Health Equity for Immigrant Farmworkers and in Diverse Communities: Vermont Migrant Health Promoters and New Hampshire Community Health Workers in Action

Team Up, Take Action: Partnering for Health Equity
Breakout Session


Presenters: Kalyn Rosenberg; Jazmin Miranda, MAE, CHW; Jennifer Goulet, CHW; and Wanda Castillo, CHW

This session will highlight two exciting service delivery models that seek to improve health outcomes by addressing individual and systemic barriers to optimal health.

Vermont will describe its work with immigrant farmworkers as it relates to linguistic barriers, rural setting, financial challenges, work schedule conflicts, and health care policies. Utilizing a care coordination model carried out by regional Migrant Health Promoters, the program, Bridges to Health, empowers farmworkers to make timely health decisions. In addition to offering care coordination to migrant farmworkers in need of health care services, Bridges to Health creates capacity building opportunities for local health entities to implement linguistically and culturally appropriate services.

The New Hampshire panel will provide an overview of the Community Health Worker movement and discuss different service delivery models that incorporate CHWs in systems to improve the health of our communities. CHWs support community members by assisting with navigating the health care system, providing peer education, and addressing social determinants of health. CHW panelists will describe the setting in which they work, explain how they act as the bridge between the community and the health care system and provide insights into the opportunities and challenges they face in their day to day work.

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