Migrant and Immigrant Health and Rural Pennsylvania Conference Scheduled for March 25-26

March 5, 2008

“Shifting Perspectives on Migrant Farmwork” is the theme for this year’s Migrant and Immigrant Health in Rural Pennsylvania Conference, which will take place March 25 and 26 at the Best Western Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Migrant and immigrant farmworkers face daunting obstacles to good health, including low income levels, occupational and agricultural hazards and an unfamiliarity with American medicine. “Migrant and Immigrant Health in Rural Pennsylvania: Shifting Perspectives on Migrant Farmwork”—a two-day conference for food producers, advocates, educators and policy makers who work or interact with migrant and immigrant farmworkers—will provide important information on agricultural and community health and safety issues and effective programs for migrant and immigrant farmworkers and their families. The conference will also focus on designing programs that meet the needs of these farmworkers.

The conference is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Office on Rural Health and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Penn State Outreach.

Program and registration information can be accessed at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s Web site at www.porh.psu.edu or by calling the office at 814-863-8214.

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Editors: For more information, please contact Debbie Young at 814-863-8214 or day15@psu.edu. For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.