Indigenous farmworkers from the state of Oaxaca are the fastest growing farmworker population in California. Ensuring quality health care and access to Mexican-Indigenous farmworkers and their families is vital. One of the largest barriers for securing adequate health care is language. In Mexico alone there are 11 language families, 68 indigenous languages and 364 linguistic variants many of which are among the farmworker population north of the border.
Join us to learn from two organizations that have successfully created and implemented language-interpreting and training programs within their communities. These collaborative partnerships and the integrative work happening across multiple sectors is helping to increase the access to health care for farmworker communities.
The Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), unites indigenous leaders and allies to strengthen the Mixtec and indigenous immigrant community of Ventura County. MICOP’s majority-indigenous staff builds community leadership and self-sufficiency through education and training programs, language interpretation, health outreach, humanitarian support, and cultural promotion.
The Natividad Foundation, supports the programs and services of the Natividad Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Salinas, California. In 2014 they launched Indigenous Interpreting+, a service to provide to provide high-quality indigenous language interpreter services to ensure community services are accessible and useful for persons speaking indigenous languages.
Driscoll’s will highlight their views from a philanthronpic partnering perspective and the importance of supporting agricultural working populations in multiple capacities.
Maria Cadenas, Philanthropy Advisor, Driscoll’s
Yessica Ramirez, Program Manager, MICOP
Victor Sosa, Director, Indigenous Interpreting+
*Creating Common Ground is a collaborative project of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), GIH and the Convergence Partnership, bringing together funders with shared values and varied interests at the nexus of health, agriculture and food systems reform.