While efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been difficult in all environments, the conditions for those working in agricultural production raise additional challenges. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom travel as crops ripen throughout the spring and summer, live and work under conditions that even before COVID-19 posed risks to their safety and wellbeing. This expert perspective examines approaches to addressing the particular risks of COVID-19 faced by farmworkers, provides a survey of state and local policies and outlines some key themes and recommendations for policymakers as they work to support agricultural workers and stem the spread of COVID-19.
State Network Annual Meeting Plenary Presentations
The State Health Reform Assistance Network hosted its Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon to bring together state officials and State Network technical assistance providers for a three day intensive meeting from July 11-13, 2012. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for state officials to hear from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Len Nichols, and Jeanene Smith during plenary sessions. The video clip of Governor Kitzhaber’s opening plenary speech can be downloaded below by clicking on the video icon below. Len Nichols gave a presentation on the next steps for health reform implementation after the Supreme Court decision and lessons to be learned from United States history on the challenges that lay ahead. Jeanene Smith provided an overview of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations and its triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. These plenary slides can be viewed individually by clicking on the links below or downloaded as one document by clicking the ‘download’ button to the left.
Len Nichols’ Lunch Plenary presentation: Health Reform Implementation: What the Heck Do We Do Now?
Jeanene Smith’s Lunch Plenary presentation: Transforming the Oregon Health Plan: Coordinated Care Organizations