Golden Valley Health Centers Receives the Promising Practices Award
Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) was presented with the 2022 Increase Access to Care (IAC) for Ag Workers Program Promising Practices Award. GVHC was recognized for the successful and innovative partnerships that provided increased access to care and health education to agricultural workers and their families outside of clinics.
Over the last 2 years, GVHC focused on health care education and outreach within marginalized communities, with an intentional focus on migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. In the Central Valleys’ rural areas, GVHC sites are the only health access points for the whole community. Therefore, GVHC collaborated with trusted community organizations to increase access to health care education outside of clinics.
Examples of GVHC collaborations include partnering with farmers’ markets and flea markets to provide education on COVID-19 and preventative care services. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), GVHC also collaborated with the local migrant head start programs to administer vaccines when parents were picking up their kids from school. GVHC also collaborated with Lideres Campesinas, to provide direct outreach to farmworkers in agriculture fields in the Central Valley.
Through strategic partnerships with trusted community organizations, GVHC had an increase in demand for COVID-19 testing and vaccination amongst ag workers. IAC recognizes GVHC’s efforts as a replicable promising practice and showcases GVHC’s strong commitment to agriculture workers.
Since the inception of the IAC for AG Workers Program in 2015, there have been a variety of great promising practices implemented at health centers that have contributed to the increase of ag workers and their families served nationwide. The IAC Network Promising Practices Award was established in 2018 to showcase promising practices and acknowledge network members’ efforts to continuously identify ways to increase access to quality health care for the ag worker population.
The Ag Workers Promising Practices Award was presented at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) conference for Ag Worker Health in Denver, CO. On behalf of GVHC were Amy Collier Carroll, V.P. & Chief Communications Officer, and John Price, Board President.