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Anne Atkinson
MD

Anne Atkinson Hyre, CNM, MSN, MPH, Anne Hyre is the Director of Global Outreach at the American College of Nurse-Midwives in Silver Spring, Maryland. As Director, Ms. Hyre provides overall leadership for the global programs of ACNM. Prior to her position with ACNM she has worked with global strategies and healthcare development programs in Central Asia with Johns Hopkins and the JHPIEGO Corporation

Ms. Hyre completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Davis in International Relations and Russian in 1991, then went on to earn her MPH at Emory School of Public Health. Ms. Hyre received her BSN from Johns Hopkins in 1998 and completed the Nurse-Midwifery program at Georgetown University in 1999.

She has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, program design, management, and program evaluation for maternal and reproductive health in the US and abroad and has worked in more than 15 developing countries in the Eurasia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

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Eva

Eva M. Galvez, MD is a board certified family physician in Hillsboro, Oregon. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Galvez has been working in federally qualified health centers since her residency training which she completed in 2007 at Sea Mar Community Health Center in Washington state. Since 2010, she has been employed by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and manages a busy panel of patients, most of whom are Spanish speaking and immigrants. She is committed to providing high quality, compassionate, and culturally appropriate care to the people of her state. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and seasonal farmworkers she has a special interest in the health issues facing immigrant families and seasonal farm workers. Dr. Galvez also serves as a teacher for family medicine students. She believes that she has a responsibility to help train the future generation of family physicians and most importantly, in bringing awareness to future doctors regarding the barriers and social determinants affecting immigrants. She has served as a family medicine clinical instructor for University of Washington School of Medicine and currently serves as a clinical preceptor for family medicine residents from the Wright Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and currently serves on the scientific advisory on the Project to Prevent and Reduce Adverse Health Effects of Pesticides on Indigenous Farmworkers. She is a proud wife and mother of two children.

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Marsha

Marsha Griffin, MD, is Director, Division of Child and Family Health, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, and co-founder of Community for Children, along with Dr. Minnette Son, Professor of Pediatrics, UTHSCSA. In addition, Dr. Griffin is clinical adjunct faculty for the UTHSCSA Regional Academic Health Center. Dr. Griffin received her medical degree from the UTHSCSA in 2003 and completed her residency in general pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in June 2006. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Griffin completed graduate studies in the theology of social justice at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. She was founder and, from 1988 to 1999, executive director of the FOCUS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that produced documentary films concerning adolescents and their struggle for success. As director of housing services for the Central Community Housing Trust in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1996 to 1999, she was instrumental in developing housing and services in the inner-city for homeless, former addicts, Somalian refugees, and street children. A lifelong advocate for the underserved, Dr. Griffin has served as a board member for numerous community-based organizations both nationally and internationally and provided care in countries such as Haiti, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

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Wilson

Wilson Augustave was born into a Haitian immigrant family in Nassau, Bahamas. Due to increasing deportation activities and violence against Haitians, his family migrated to a farmworker community on the local island of Abaco, Bahamas. There they harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, and sugar cane. The family migrated to South Florida in 1981. Due to not having marketable skills, his family joined the Eastern migrant circuit. Along with his family, Mr. Augustave harvested oranges and watermelon in Florida, peaches and watermelon in Georgia, watermelons in Missouri, and autumn apples in Upstate New York, after which the family returned home to Avon Park, Florida. In 1992, Mr. Augustave found a position outside of farmwork with the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he hoped to make a positive impact in the lives of farmworkers. He became a strong advocate for all farmworkers, including the Haitian, African American, and Jamaican communities. Through his decades of service with Migrant Health Care and Federally Qualified Health Centers, he was blessed by his peers and the farmworkers. He has proudly served on local and national boards, participating as an active voice on cultural awareness, barriers to care, working conditions, and best practices to address the needs of our nation’s farmworkers. Mr. Augustave is currently a small business owner/employer, certified HIV/AIDS and STD counselor, pesticide trainer, substance abuse educator, former cultural diversity apprentice, and case manager. He is currently performing health outreach and case management to migrant workers and low income community members in the Finger Lakes region.

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Vicki

Vicki assumed the position of Clinical Director for Montana Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Council (MMC) in June 2013 after working for the agency as a Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practitioner since 1993. In addition to migrant health, she has more than 20 years of experience working as a nurse practitioner in various clinical settings including child/adolescent residential psychiatry, family planning, Indian health, university student health, integrative health, and private practice. In addition to direct patient services, Vicki has served as Director of a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Education Program and is currently adjunct clinical faculty for Gongaza University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Vicki is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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Gayle
MD

Dr. Gayle Thomas serves as the medical director of the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program, a statewide voucher program supporting outreach workers to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. She also is an assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina, and enjoys bringing medical students and residents with her to care for farmworkers on a mobile medical van in Benson, NC. Prior to this position, she worked as a family physician for 23 years at the Carrboro Community Health Center with primarily Spanish speaking patients. She grew up in Napa, California and did her medical training in Los Angeles. She was born in Tandala, Democratic Republic of Congo to missionary teachers.

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Evelyn

Evelyn Clingerman, PhD, CNE, RN, DSNAP, is the Executive Director of the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, where she provides scholarly leadership that unites interdisciplinary healers in the research and implementation work essential to transform practice at the point of care, at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Dr. Clingerman has spent her wide-ranging nursing career in a variety of settings, from a Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit as Charge Nurse, to university classrooms as Professor of Nursing. Her research and publications have centered on holistic and transcultural nursing. Dr. Clingerman is a long-time advocate for migrant health, which she advanced through publications, presentations, and migrant health outreach services.

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Kristine
NE

Kristine McVea, M.D., MPH, has dedicated her work as a physician and public health educator to help those most underserved by health care in America - the uninsured, the working poor, the homeless, minorities and immigrants -- many of whom don't speak English.

Since she became medical director of OneWorld Community Health Center (formerly the Indian-Chicano Health Center) in 1997, Dr. McVea has treated thousands of patients as a doctor of internal medicine and pediatrics. She is known for her tireless follow-up to be sure patients get quality medical care. Each year, OneWorld serves more than 8,000 patients, in more than 27,000 personal contacts.

Dr. McVea is associate professor in UNMC's Department of Family Medicine where she is very involved in cross-cultural training of health professional students. Dr. McVea helped establish an "urban underserved and international health" training track for family medicine residents. Its purpose is to attract bi-lingual physicians to the community and involve them in practice with the medically underserved. She also teaches medical students how to work with interpreters and understand the complexities of cross-cultural care. A variety of health professional students rotate through OneWorld to learn first hand about cross-cultural health issues.

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Rosemary
DC

Dr. Sokas brings a background of clinical practice in under-served communities and science and policy work in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to participatory research and educational programs engaging workers, community members, practitioners and students in medicine, public health, nursing and community peer education. Her research focuses on occupational and environmental health among high risk, low-wage vulnerable populations. Her publications address the role primary care providers play in addressing the prevention needs of under-served working populations, and etiologic and intervention studies targeting hazards faced by construction workers, healthcare workers, immigrant day labor and home care workers, including the impact of contingent work and the need for supply chain and other policy interventions. Her interests include transdisciplinary collaboration and mixed-method approaches to addressing social justice concerns in the workplace and in the community.

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Emma
JD
USA

Emma Zavala-Suarez, JD is an attorney currently working as a consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she supports the contracts team in their global health and financial services for the poor work. She is also the chair of the Board of a nonprofit called Community to Community (C2C), a women-led influential grass-roots organization that raises funds and awareness for farm worker women and their families and the immigrant community in Whatcom County. C2C seeks to empower under-represented peoples to have an equal voice in decision-making processes. Emma is also a long-time member and current chair of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project (LRFWJP), a subcommittee of LAW Fund, the preeminent Washington legal aid foundation. LRFWJP raises funds to financially support law students to engage in legal advocacy work on behalf of farm workers throughout the state of Washington. Emma was recently appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy where she serves as a public member, giving a voice to the public health interests of the under-served residents of Washington. Emma has completed her premed requirements for medical school and plans to apply for fall 2013 entrance. Emma was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. She has seven brothers and sisters, and her parents still work in the fields and are seen at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in the Bellingham area.

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Bruce
MD
CT

Dr. Gould is a long-time advocate for public health, primary care and preventative medicine, Gould also is AHEC director, medical director of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services, and medical director of the Burgdorf Health Center, a community clinic serving the underserved population in Hartford’s north end in collaboration with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He also is the founder of and an adviser to the Mobile Free Migrant Farmworker Clinic, which has served Connecticut’s migrant farm worker population since 1998. Dr. Gould is involved in the development and delivery of the medical school’s quality improvement and patient safety curriculum and its nutrition curriculum. He helped establish UConn’s Urban Service Track, a special mentorship program designed to produce doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists committed to serving Connecticut’s urban underserved populations, and the Youth Health Services Corps, a nationally recognized recruitment program that trains and places high school students as volunteers in various health care agencies.

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Andrea
TX

Dr. Andrea Caracostis, has long track record of dedication to special populations and to community health center work; she is a medical doctor with a masters in public health. She has 10 years experience working with Community and Migrant Health Centers and special populations. She is currently the Executive Director of HOPE Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing care to the large multicultural community in Southwest Houston. In addition, she is a board member of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers and the Houston Partners for Community Health. Over all, her proven record of dedication to special populations and passion for eliminating disparities and improving health care access make her an asset to the community health center world.

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Mike

Dr. Rowland is Medical Director of the Maine Migrant Health Program, and a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Medicine as a Profession. He is board–certified in both Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and completed his training in Occupational and Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He has worked with migrant and seasonal farmworkers since 1987, in both eastern Washington and Maine, and is on the board of directors of the Migrant Clinicians Network. He is a frequent presenter at national occupational medicine and migrant health conferences.

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