Unidos Update: February

Now beginning its third year, Farmworker Justice’s project “United Eliminating Barriers to Skin Cancer Prevention” (Unidos) is off to a busy start. Funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations® Initiative, Unidos joins Farmworker Justice with community-based partners in California and Arizona with the aim of mobilizing farmworker communities around the prevention of, screening for, and treatment and care of skin cancer. These two partners -- Vista Community Clinic in Vista, CA and Campesinos Sin Fronteras in Yuma, AZ, bring years of experience with community outreach and health programming aimed at farmworker populations to the table. Both of these organizations engage with their communities through the promotor de salud, or community health worker, model.

These partners, along with Harvard’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI), will speak together at a congressional briefing on telehealth and farmworker populations on March 7th at 9:30 AM in room 1309 of the Longworth Building. Breakfast will be served. 

The briefing, sponsored by Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Care Task Force,  and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will also serve as a platform for Farmworker Justice and CHLPI to release their joint publication, The Promise of Telehealth: Strategies to Increase Access to Healthcare in Rural America. This publication builds off of some aspects of the Unidos project as it details the key roles both promotores de salud and telehealth play in increasing quality access to medical care for farmworkers in the U.S.

For more information on the Unidos project, The Promise of Telehealth, or the congressional briefing, please contact project director Rebecca Young ([email protected]).