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Upcoming Events

2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
Feb 22 – Feb 24 all-day

2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
February 22- 24, 2018

The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is an annual conference bringing together health professionals from migrant and community health centers and allied organizations for the purposes of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development.

Registration: http://www.nwrpca.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1013072#featured-videos/?legacy=1&id=1013072

The Silent Crisis: Addressing Fear and Discrimination in Agricultural Worker Communities
Feb 22 all-day

The Silent Crisis: Addressing Fear and Discrimination in Agricultural Worker Communities
Western Stream Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Thursday, February 22, 3:30-5pm

Recent policy changes and harmful rhetoric have created serious challenges for health centers to reach and provide care to all patients. In response, many patients, including agricultural workers and their families, choose to forgo necessary primary and preventive care services, resulting in complications to their physical, mental, and behavioral health. In the summer of 2017, Health Outreach Partners (HOP) and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA), hosted a series of convenings throughout California, Washington, and Oregon. These events gathered CHWs, promotores, and other frontline staff to identify and discuss the challenges they encounter while working to support their communities, brainstorm solutions to these challenges, and exchange best practices. In this session, HOP will review key findings from the convenings, and share recommendations for how to best support all communities in accessing care during such trying times.

Agricultural Worker 101
Feb 24 all-day

Agricultural Worker 101
Western Stream Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Saturday, February 24, 10:30am-12pm

The Farmworker Health Network (Agricultural Worker NCA’s and NACHC) invites PCA and health center staff new to agricultural worker health to participate in Agricultural Worker Health 101. This workshop provides an overview of the U.S. agricultural worker population and their health needs, strategies to connect agricultural workers to health care, and T/TA resources available to PCAs and health centers.

Expanding the Reach of Care: Utilizing Health Education for Diabetes Prevention and Control
Feb 24 all-day

Expanding the Reach of Care: Utilizing Health Education for Diabetes Prevention and Control.
Western Stream Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Saturday, February 24, 8:30-10am

An estimated 29.1 million people have diabetes in the United States. Although a national health concern, diabetes disproportionately affects the migratory seasonal agricultural worker (MSAW) population. In this workshop, Health Outreach Partners (HOP) and MHP Salud will make the case for utilizing outreach workers and community health workers/promotores de salud to conduct diabetes health education with MSAWs. Through interactive group discussions and activities, participants will learn about the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, understand the Stages of Behavior Change, and identify specific outreach activities in diabetes prevention and control

Transportation Webinar: The Need for Research and Data to Address Transportation Barriers
Feb 28 all-day

The Need for Research and Data to Address Transportation Barriers
Thursday, February 28, 11am-12pm PST/2:00-3:00pm EST

Collecting and tracking data on transportation barriers is needed at the organizational, state, and national level. Please join HOP and our guest panelists for the first webinar in our Transportation Webinar Series to discuss the importance of research and data and suggestions on how to use your findings.

Register today!

Transportation Office Hours #1
Mar 7 all-day
Outreach Voices
March 17, 2017

Outreach Voices @ the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Natalie Kotar
Community Health Promoter
Mercy Housing Northwest | Kent, WA

Outreach Voices
March 17, 2017

Outreach Voices @ the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Chloe Molla
Community Health Outreach Worker
LifeMoves | San Mateo, CA

March 13, 2017

Clinical Outreach: Taking Services Beyond the Health Center Walls

February 16, 2017

PEER-TO-PEER WEBINAR – Advancing Health Through Care Coordination: A Discussion with Community Health Centers


Between 2000 and 2030, the number of Americans with one or more chronic conditions will rise 37 percent, an increase of 46 million people. As the number of chronically ill and medically underserved populations increase, health centers must enhance their current service delivery models. Care coordination emphasizes collaboration between providers to increase quality of care and ultimately improve patient outcomes. In addition, this model can help reduce the overall cost of care by reducing medication errors, repetitive tests, and prevent hospital admissions. During this webinar, panelists share information about their care coordination efforts and offer important considerations for health centers hoping to start, improve, or expand care coordination programs.


  • Kelly Volkmann, Health Navigation Program Manager, Benton County Health Services
  • Sonia Shanklin, Director of Practice Transformation, Clinical Integration, Affinia Healthcare

Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of care coordination and the role that outreach workers can play.
  2. Describe how care coordination programs can improve patient health outcomes.
  3. Identify at least one strategy for successful care coordination.

View the Recording Here!

February 2, 2017

Celebrating One Year of the Outreach Starter Kit!

word cloudHealth Outreach Partners is excited to celebrate one year since the release of our online Outreach Starter Kit. We are thrilled to report just over 1,000 visits to the resource homepage since it was first launched.

HOP is committed to providing health centers and community-based organizations with easy access to appropriate and up-to-date outreach-related tools, strategies and resources. We have just updated the Outreach Starter Kit to include additional relevant resources as well as a brief webinar that provides tips for navigating through the Starter Kit.

Check it out today!

January 27, 2017

Register for the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health!


Spend three days immersed in learning more about tackling zika, digital storytelling and CHWs, immigration and the way forward, social change, and numerous other timely topics.

Health Outreach Partners will be attending and presenting workshops on Migrant Health 101, Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data from Outreach Workers and Promotores(as) de Salud for Effective and Responsive Community Health Needs Assessments, and Not Just a Ride: Opportunities to Address Healthcare Costs and Strengthen Patient-Centered Transportation Solutions. Look for our sessions and come say hello to our staff!

Register today!

January 26, 2017

Community Health Worker Training Program

Partners and collaborators in Pennsylvania: take a look at this upcoming training opportunity for Community Health Workers at Temple University Harrisburg funded (in part) by HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce.  Please see below for more information.

Are you ready for a new career?

Community Health Workers are:

  • Trusted members of the community who have an unusually close understanding of the community served.
  • Liaisons between health and social services and the community who facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
  • Individual and community capacity builders who increase knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

Questions?  Contact susan.washinger@temple.edu or CLICK HERE for more information about the Community Health Worker Training Program and the Orientation Dates.

January 23, 2017

Register Now: Webinar on Nail Salon Worker Patient Health

Join our partners, AAPCHO and Asian Health Services, for this webinar to learn about the tools and strategies that health centers can utilize to support engagement with patients who work in the nail salon industry and improve their health!

Nail Salon Worker Patient Health: A Health Center Guide
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m. PST / 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST

Due to a major gap in federal legislation, known carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors are prevalent in numerous nail care products. Nail salon workers, the majority of whom are immigrant, low income women, handle these products on a daily basis, sometimes for 8-10 hours a day. As a result, nail salon workers disproportionately experience significant health issues and health disparities.

Health centers have a unique opportunity to address the health disparities faced by this overlooked population of workers and contribute to local and national advocacy that upholds their health, safety and rights. AAPCHO, working closely with Asian Health Services, an AA&NHPI*-serving health center that has spearheaded innovative services and work for its nail salon worker patients, has compiled a toolkit to assist health centers improve care for patients who work in the nail salon industry.

Register Here

December 21, 2016

Thank You to HOP’s Board of Directors

bod-photoPhotograph from HOP’s most recent BOD Gathering
(includes non-HOP staff and BOD)

As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Health Outreach Partners would like to recognize our Board of Directors, and extend our thanks to them for their support and leadership. We are grateful for the opportunity we had this year to continue working with long-time board members as well as to bring on three new members.

HOP’s Current Board of Directors:

Carolina Lucero
Senior Vice President, Sea Mar Community Health Center

David B. Vliet, BHA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc.

Jana Eubank, Associate Vice President
National Association of Community Health Centers

Leanne Ta, Associate
Morrison & Foerster

Rigoberto Sabori, Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer, St. Barnabas Senior Services

Roxana Cruz Medical Director
Hunt Regional Medical Partners

Sharon Brown-Singleton, MSM, LPN
Director of Health Center Services and Support, North Carolina Community Health Center Association

Vernita Todd, MBA, FACHE
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Health Center Partners of South Carolina

We look forward to strengthening the efforts of HOP together in the coming year.

December 13, 2016

Message from HOP’s CEO

oscarDear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

On behalf of Health Outreach Partners (HOP), I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the meaningful and important work you do. From conducting outreach in the community, providing much-needed care to our country’s most vulnerable, or advocating for just policies, you are on the forefront of advancing the health and wellbeing of our communities. Thus, we recognize HOP’s success is based on the important work you do.

2016 has been a busy year for us. Here are a few highlights:

  • HOP launched a new Transportation Initiative funded by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In June, I had the opportunity to present our transportation work at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
  • Understanding the need to share outreach stories from the field and make available the most up-to-date information on resources, HOP debuted the Outreach Connection Blog.
  • Gearing up for HOP’s 50th Anniversary, we kicked off our new Road to Wellness: 2020 Annual Campaign.
  • We relocated to a new and improved office space for our Oakland staff. Our Deputy Director also relocated from Helena, MT to Olympia, WA.
  • I had to opportunity to visit our founding Board Chair, Sr. Maurita Sengalaub. Our visit remains one of my most memorable highlights for the year. At 98 years old, Sr. Sengalaub remains passionate as ever about creating a more equitable and healthier world. She continues to inspire us at HOP to move forward with our work.

As I look ahead to 2017, I know that there are lots of uncertainties and possible changes to the health care environment. Regardless of how things unfold, HOP will continue to strengthen and expand its work to advance health equity and improve the health of our most vulnerable and underserved communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to create a country where all people are valued and in which equal access to health care is available to everyone, thus enriching our collective well-being.

Once again, thank you for your work and support. Best wishes to everyone this holiday season and for the new year ahead!

In community,

Oscar Gomez, CEO

December 13, 2016

Where We’ve Been 2016

Every year, Health Outreach Partners staff travel to different places around the country to provide on-site trainings to health centers, conduct regional trainings for Primary Care Associations, attend and present at conferences, and do research for our various informational resources. Here are all of the places we’ve visited in 2016.

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Outreach Voices
December 12, 2016

Outreach Voices @ the 2016 East Coast Migrant Stream Forum

Kathy Jennings
Federally Certified Outreach & Enrollment Counselor
Carolina Health Centers, Inc. | Greenwood, SC

Outreach Voices
December 12, 2016

Outreach Voices @ the 2016 East Coast Migrant Stream Forum

Anna Pavon
Migrant Program Coordinator
Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Inc. | Leesville, SC

December 12, 2016

Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

nwrpcalogoCome join HOP at the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health from February 22-24, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s theme, “Communities Mobilizing for Health Equity”, will focus on how communities are working together to address health outcomes through innovative programs and models.

Learn more