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Karen Farchaus Stein's picture

Karen Farchaus Stein, PhD, RN, FAAN is a top researcher in the nursing field in the areas of health risk behavior in adolescent and young adult females. She has received numerous recognitions for her work, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Award for Excellence in Research. Her most recent research has been to develop and test a smart-phone-delivered, culture-specific healthy eating intervention for Mexican immigrant farmworker women. She is the Brody Endowed Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

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Carmen M.

Carmen Milagros Vélez Vega, PhD, MSW is the Department Chair and Professor in the Social Sciences in Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico. She is also faculty with the National LGBT Health Education Center. Her areas of expertise including qualitative health research, sexual minorities, health and human rights, social exclusion, and stigma.

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Xóchitl Castañeda is the Founding Director of Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) at the School of Public Health, University of California (UC) Berkeley. A medical anthropologist by training, Castañeda was educated in Mexico and completed three post-doctoral fellowships: UC San Francisco, Harvard, and Amsterdam University. Since 2008, she has served as a professor on Migration and Health at various UC campuses. Her fundraising efforts are significant, as she has received over 100 grants, from private entities, and state and federal agencies. Her leadership to improve the health and the quality of life of underserved populations is widely recognized. In 2020, she received the National Health Award, under the “Without Borders” category. In 2019, she received the Othli Award, one of the most prestigious distinction presented by the Mexican Government to a person who have positively affected the lives of Mexican nationals in the United States. Castañeda has over 200 publications and has served as a consultant for more than 40 national and international institutions. She has also served in the Boards of Directors, and other honorable membership positions of 20 organizations and programs including, the California Wellness Foundation; California Immigrant Policy Center; and CDC National Diabetes Education Program. Her vision has led to the creation of nationally recognized programs such as Binational Health Week and the Ventanillas de Salud at Latin American Consulates.

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Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly, MD, is the Executive Director of Medical IMPACT, a nonprofit organization based in Mexico that provides humanitarian medical assistance to communities living under extreme marginalization, political instability, difficult access, or natural disasters. He has led and developed interventions that has provided humanitarian medical assistance and supplies or prevention education to over 20,000 people in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico. He has published widely on health concerns, including on Ebola and apoptosis. Dr. Franyuti is a medical doctor with a specialty degree in occupational health and a Master’s degree in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Direction and Administration from Anahuac University, Mexico City.

Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly, MD es el Director Ejecutivo de Medical IMPACT, una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en México que proporciona asistencia médica y humanitaria a comunidades que viven en condiciones de marginación extrema, inestabilidad política, dificultades de acceso o desastres naturales. Ha liderado y desarrollado operaciones que han brindado asistencia médica humanitaria y suministros o educación preventiva a más de 200 000 personas en Kenia, Sierra Leona, Cuba, Guatemala y México. El Dr. Franyuti es un médico especialista en salud ocupacional y tiene una maestría en Dirección y Gestión de Hospitales e Instituciones de Salud de la Universidad Anáhuac, en la Ciudad de México.

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Robert Shelly, MD, FAAP is a doctor in pediatrics and internal medicine at Finger Lakes Community Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves a large number of immigrant agricultural workers in New York. Raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) to two American doctors, Dr. Shelly spent much of his early career serving small rural communities internationally, including in El Salvador and Nicaragua, where he served as a clinician and also trained local health workers using popular education methods. Upon returning to the US in 2002, Dr. Shelly joined Quincy Community Health in Washington, serving migrant and immigrant agricultural workers, before moving to New York for his present position in 2010.

Robert Shelly, MD, FAAP, es médico en pediatría y medicina interna en el Centro Comunitario Finger Lakes, un centro de salud federalmente calificado que atiende a una gran cantidad de trabajadores agrícolas inmigrantes en Nueva York. Hijo de dos médicos estadounidenses, el doctor Shelly creció en la República Democrática del Congo (en ese entoces Zaire) y pasó la mayor parte de su carrera al servicio de pequeñas comunidades rurales en otros países, incluyendo El Salvador y Nicaragua, donde trabajó como médico y también capacitó a trabajadores de centros de salud locales usando métodos de educación popular. A su regreso a Estados Unidos, en 2002, Dr. Shelly empezó a atender a trabajadores migrantes y agrícolas en Quincy Community Health, en Washington, antes de regresar a su cargo actual en Nueva York en 2010.

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Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH, is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine at UC Davis. He is Founding Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the Migration and Health Research Center. His work has focused on numerous agricultural populations, including farmworkers and their families and farm owners and managers. His work has also focused on diverse causes of illness and injury, including agricultural dusts, pesticides, and heat. Dr. Schenker has focused attention of occupational health researchers and epidemiologists on the global health disparities affecting immigrants, with particular attention to the occupational health outcomes among immigrant workers.

Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH, es un eminente profesor de Ciencias de Salud Pública y Medicina en la Universidad de California en Davis. Él es director fundador del Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, del Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety y del Migration and Health Research Center. Su trabajo se ha enfocado en un sinnúmero de poblaciones agrícolas, incluyendo trabajadores agrícolas y sus familias, y propietarios y administradores de fincas. Su trabajo también se ha enfocado en diversas causas de enfermedades y lesiones, incluyendo polvos agrícolas, pesticidas y calor. El doctor Schenker ha llamado la atención de los investigadores de salud y epidemiólogos sobre las disparidades mundiales de la salud que afectan a los inmigrantes, prestando atención especial a los resultados de salud ocupacional de los trabajadores migrantes.

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Anne Atkinson

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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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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Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Medicine. He has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Moore completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California in 1995. His clinical interests include: Pediatrics (including immunizations, childhood obesity and oral health), Women’s Health, Diabetes, and Public Health (including Tuberculosis). His administrative interests center on quality improvement, education of students in the health professions, and use of information technology in health care. Dr. Moore served as Medical Director of Clinic Ole for 14 years. He is now Chief Medical Officer at Partnership HealthPlan but continues to see patients at the Clinic on a limited basis.

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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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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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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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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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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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