Medical Students to Host Immigrant and Migrant Worker Conference Feb. 23

Feb. 6, 2019
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Students from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will shed light on social and health issues facing immigrant and migrant farmworkers at the “Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers and Solutions,” on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the School’s Sarah Flaum Atrium. The conference will provide an opportunity for health care providers, students, and the general public to grow in understanding about this population whose labor intricately intertwines with the region’s economy, but whose existence is largely overlooked.

“Im/migrant workers are a crucial part of the labor force on produce and dairy farms across the country, and particularly in upstate New York,” said second-year medical student Veronica Yu, one of the event coordinators. “They contribute enormously to the region’s economy, but they do so in the face of hazardous working conditions, wage theft, and constant fear of deportation. Moreover, they are excluded from basic rights and protections, including but not limited to the right to organize, the right to a day of rest and the right to overtime pay. The negative health implications abound.”

Conference participants will learn about the im/migrant worker communities of upstate New York and the barriers they face in terms of health care access. In addition to speakers representing workers from across the upstate region, participants will hear from local activist and advocacy groups, who will discuss the work they are doing to break down barriers.

Registration is required and can be completed online. The conference is free for students, $5 for general admission, and $13 for health professionals seeking CME credit. Breakfast and lunch are included. For more information, email