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Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Farmworker Communities

Presenter: Ana Palomo-Zerfas, Program Manager - Migrant Health and Outreach, Vista Community Clinic. The 2007 San Diego wildfires affected many agricultural areas in the northern end of the county and displaced approximately 1600 farmworkers from their homes. Farmworkers in North San Diego County were disproportionately affected by the wildfires due to their limited resources, difficulties in communication, and lack of planning. Following the fires, the Farmworker CARE Coalition (FWCC), a collaborative of governmental and community-based organizations in North San Diego County, developed an emergency preparedness plan for local farmworker communities. On this webinar, Ana Palomo-Zerfas, the Program Manager for Migrant Health and Outreach at Vista Community Clinic, will share the FWCC emergency preparedness model, and how the collaborative developed a plan that addresses the needs of the farmworker community and integrates community health workers in its implementation. She will share strategies for a successful communication structure that includes first responders, community-based organizations and individual farmworkers.

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