Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Employee Awarded Scholarship
YAKIMA –Maria Ramos remembers going to a Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic when she was sick, or needed to see a doctor. When her brother was diagnosed with epilepsy, he was referred to Children’s Village in Yakima. Those are just a few of the experiences that spurred her passion to work with migrant and medically underserved families.
Her passion, commitment, and hard work lead to her receiving the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award scholarship, formerly known as the Migrant Health Scholarship Award.
The National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc. annually accepts applicants for the Bobbi Ryder Migrant Health Champion Award which is presented to individuals employed or interning at community/migrant health centers.
Ramos, a patient navigator at Children’s Village, has been awarded the 2019 scholarship. Ramos spends her days at Children’s Village helping patients navigate the health care system. She helps them fill out proper paperwork and connects them to resources available to them.
The committee says Ramos was selected based on several criteria; including applicability of educational goals to migrant health, financial need, length of service in the migrant health field, farmworker status, personal statement, and letters of reference. The selection committee used the following excerpt from Maria’s personal statement when considering her for this year’s award.
“My goal is to complete my current masters in the clinical social work program and become a mental health provider for families. I am committed to continue working with the agricultural worker community because they experience barriers that at times are not taken into consideration by other health care providers. Agricultural workers and their families live different experiences than other families in our country: they are humble, hardworking, and genuine.”
Thirty-seven applications were received in 2019, with five scholarships being awarded to support degree programs in the amount of $1,500 per individual.
For Ramos, continuing her path to becoming a mental health provider at a migrant health center is her way of being able to give back to the communities she grew up in.
Anyone working at a community health center who would like to further their education is encouraged to consider applying for future scholarship awards. If you have any questions concerning the Scholarship Award, contact Janie Favre at (512) 312-5460 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.