Southwest Florida Press Club Zoom Panel

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The Press Club of Southwest Florida is hosting a Free Zoom event on Thursday, October 7 at noon that will explore existing health disparities in the United States that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representatives from four of the collaborators of a nationally recognized model for improving health equity will review the challenges and successes they encountered as they built a system to deliver tests and vaccines. in the community of agricultural workers of Immokalee.

The partnership sparked by the pandemic was featured in an in-depth reporting by Janine Zeitlin and a documentary by Andrea Melendez of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. Health partners include the Health Care Network, Partners In Health, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the National Center for Farmworker Health. Together, they developed and supported a team of community health workers and secured resources to overcome barriers to access and care, including overcoming fear and mistrust, as well as technological and transportation barriers.

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“When the leaders of the Press Club of Southwest Florida decided to delay the start of the in-person luncheons, one of the members suggested replacing it with a virtual program focused on the topical subject of vaccine equity.” said Julie Pedretti, vice president of outsourcing. business for Healthcare Network and president of the press club.

“A recent article published in the Naples Daily News and News-Press on the efforts of community health workers and partnerships with local groups to educate and provide vaccines to a vulnerable and underserved farm worker population in Immokalee presented the idea of ​​a panel presentation with representatives of the collaborating groups. “

She added: “At Immokalee, new and sometimes unlikely partnerships have been forged in the aftermath of the pandemic to address health equity. As barriers to care and services – including transportation, technology, language, and literacy – continue, significant progress has been made by Healthcare Network, Partners In Health, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the National Center. for Farmworker Health to ensure a more equitable distribution of vaccines, health care and social support to the community, particularly affected by the pandemic. “

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How to attend the Zoom event, “Solving Growing Health Disparities During a Pandemic: Immokalee Case Study”

To attend the free Zoom event, “Solving Growing Health Disparities During a Pandemic: Case Study of Immokalee,” email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. The press club hopes to resume in-person meetings later this fall.

The panel will be moderated by Laura Greanias, Florida Survey Editor, and will include:

  • Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a key leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) mobilizing communities around the world to defend the rights of exploited workers. Through CIW’s Fair Food program, Chavez facilitated unique partnerships between farmers, farm workers and food retailers to ensure humane wages and working conditions for workers on participating farms. He leads worker rights education programs, as well as managing the complexity of field abuse complaints, wage theft claims, and modern slavery case investigations. He has spoken publicly about the Fair Food program at events such as the Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife program Convening on Farm Labor Challenges and the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility multi-stakeholder roundtable on ethical recruitment. Gerardo is a 2018 Aspen Ricardo Salinas Institute Fellow.
Gerardo Reyes Chavez of the Immokalee Workers Coalition speaks at a press conference in Immokalee on February 21, 2021.
  • Dr Jude Beachamp, Senior Project Manager for the United States Public Health Coaching Unit, Partners In Health (PIH), at Immokalee. He leads PIH’s collaborative work with Healthcare Network, CIW, Department of Health-Collier and other community partners to improve health equity among migrant farm workers and other underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr Beauchamp previously served as the TB / HIV Officer in Liberia and worked extensively in Haiti, most notably during the 2010 earthquake recovery efforts. He holds a Masters in Global Health Care Delivery from Harvard. Medical School, has completed several clinical internships in the United States and Canada, including a clinical internship in family medicine at Urgences Médicales Rive Sud Inc, in Quebec. Dr Beauchamp obtained his doctorate in medicine from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti.
  • Erin birney, awareness coordinator for the National Center for Farm Workers’ Health. By documenting and sharing promising practices, technical assistance and health education materials, Birney provides support to outreach teams nationwide working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities of agricultural workers. She has over years of experience working with asylum seekers and refugees in central Texas. Previously, she worked as an intensive case manager for refugee clients with high medical needs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, specializing in photography and film.
Julie Pedretti / President / 2018 Naples Press Club
  • Julie pedretti, Vice President of External Affairs for Healthcare Network with responsibility for Marketing, Development and Outreach / Community Partnerships. She joined Healthcare Network in June 2020 as COVID-19 Community Relations Director. By going door-to-door and setting up a mobile unit in neighborhoods, the multilingual COVID-19 response team provides education, testing and access to vaccines to improve health equity for children. people facing barriers, such as technology and transportation. Healthcare Network, founded in 1977 to meet the health needs of migrant farm workers in Immokalee, strives to make primary health care accessible to everyone in Collier County, regardless of employment, insurance or status. citizenship.
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