Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and Health Centers in the Southeast
Farmworkers are central to the Southeast region’s $24 billion dollar agricultural industry. A 2011 enumeration study estimates that there are approximately 532,000 agricultural workers in the region: 304,961in Florida; 99,800 in Georgia; 67,281 in Alabama; and 59,922 in Mississippi.
The Bureau of Primary Healthcare’s Migrant Health Center program supports the delivery of comprehensive, high quality, culturally-competent preventive and primary health services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. In 2010 Migrant/community health centers in the region served 96,497 farmworkers.
FACHC has released Farmworkers in the Southeast, an illuminating report on the working conditions, demographics, health conditions, barriers to care and challenges faced by Farmworkers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The report includes data obtained from a variety of sources including FACHC’s Southeastern Migrant Health Questionnaire, Impact of Immigration Laws in the Southeast Survey and 2011 Assessment of the Eastern Stream as well as the National Agricultural Workers Survey and U.S. Census of Agriculture. The report is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding more about this vulnerable population. Click Here to access the report.
Southeast Migrant Health Coordinator
The Southeast Migrant Health Coordinator is a resource person for migrant health centers and farmworker programs in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. The Southeast Migrant Health Coordinator's Activities include but are not limited to...
- Stimulating the creation of new health access points and the expansion of medical capacity and services for farmworkers
- Assisting with local and regional needs assessment and strategic planning to serve farmworkers
- Facilitating the coordination of health and support services
- Organizing training and technical assistance on farmworker issues
- Disseminating information and resources
- Assisting with the planning and development of programs and services such as outreach, cultural competence and language access
There are regional migrant health coordinators in the NW, OR, CA, SW, NE, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Contact Erin Sologaistoa for more information.
There are also numerous national organizations sponsored by HRSA to help health centers effectively meet the needs of their farmworker populations. You will learn about these and other resources in this section of the FACHC web site.
Upcoming Farmworker Training and Events
Farmworker Background Information