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Special Initiatives

Weekly Briefings on Avian Flu

Do you work with farmworkers? Register to attend weekly briefings on avian influenza on Fridays at 4 pm ET. Hosts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be joined by subject matter experts from the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement supports a wide variety of Presidential, Congressional, and Secretarial initiatives including Women in Agriculture, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Farmworker Coordination.

Women in Agriculture

From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future. As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world's growing food, fuel and fiber needs.

Visit the USDA Women in Agriculture Homepage.

White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI) works to improve the quality of life for AAPI individuals and communities across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs. The Initiative seeks to highlight both the tremendous unmet needs in the AA and NHPI community as well as the dynamic community assets that can be leveraged to meet many of those needs. USDA AA and NHPI areas of focus include outreach and engagement, capacity building, and data collection.

Additional Resources

Farmworker Coordination

The Farmworker Coordinator identifies challenges faces by farmworkers and coordinates the community’s needs with USDA resources, and training to advance into other agricultural careers. The Coordinator works with community-based organizations to disseminate information that ensures farmworkers have access to USDA programs that may assist farmworkers, including emergency services provided by USDA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. USDA works closely with other Federal departments to better identify and address the needs of farmworker communities.


For more information on these initiatives, please contact us at:

Maria Goldberg
Phone: (202) 720-6350

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