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Migrant Health Newsline, Issue 1, 2013 by the National Center for Farmworker Health

How much do you know about your health center's Board of Directors? Do you know who makes up your health center board and what populations are represented? Your health center plays a vital role in the community it serves. Therefore, the members of a health center board should be a reflection of that community. As part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Program Requirements, migrant and community health centers must have a farmworker representative on the board if that health center serves the farmworker community. Many benefits exist to having a farmworker board member. Although finding, recruiting, and keeping a farmworker representative on the board may sound like a difficult task, in this issue of Migrant Health Newsline, you will learn why this is so important, how it can be done successfully, and you will read about a health center's efforts to do just that. 

Migrant Clinicians Network and Migrant Health Promotions recommend strategies for increasing clinician involvement in consumer board member recruitment.

"What is your role in recruiting consumer board members?" is an Implementation Plan for Increasing Consumer Board Members at FQHCs.

Additionally, MCN and MHP have created a template for a recruitment poster to hang in your clinic. Feel free to take this tool and adapt it for the unique needs of your site.

This poster was created for use by any Community Health Center wanting to increase the involvement of Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker consumers on the board of directors. The poster is designed to be customized to individual sites.