Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

Farmworkers face unique challenges including dangerous occupations and exposure to environmental hazards. They are uninsured at a higher than average rate and also have high rates of poverty and mobility, making accessing services a particular challenge. Migrant health centers are critical to the health care of farmworkers and their families. To help this population overcome some of these barriers, health centers make special efforts which might include:
  • Outreach to farmworkers in the community and places they work, including collaboration with employers and other organizations that serve the same populations.
  • Education about the hazards of their work and how to protect their families
  • Culturally appropriate enrollment assistance
  • Linkages to other community resources
It’s important that centers receiving this funding demonstrate how they are increasing access to care for this population. It’s critical for FQHC staff to clearly understand the definitions HRSA uses for “Farmworker,” “Agriculture,” and how to capture this data in a culturally appropriate manner.
FACHC can provide training and technical assistance around these issues and identify national resources to help health centers in these efforts. 

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Training and Technical Assistance

Migrant Clinicians Network Clinical Systems Toolbox for working with mobile populations
History of America’s Agricultural Workers and the Migrant Health Movement with historic photos of agricultural work from the early 1900s through the 1990s, NCFH

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Resources

Special populations data
Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2013-2014: A Demographic and
Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers

Changes in Crop Agriculture and Crop Workers: Findings from the Census of Agriculture and the
National Agricultural Workers Survey PPT

Farmworkers in the Southeast
 Describes the working conditions, demographics, health conditions, barriers to care and challenges faced by Farmworkers, FACHC
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker
HRSA’s Definition
Directory of Migrant Health Center Grantees
National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
Advises the HHS migrant health
Migrant Clinicians Toolbox
Forms, policies, tools and protocols from FQHCs nationwide, MCN
Agricultural Worker Status Verification Introduction and Points to Remember
Agricultural Worker Status Verification FAQ
Agricultural Worker Status Verification Questions for Patients
Agricultural Worker Status Verification Questions for Patients (Spanish)
Florida Farm Labor Housing Developments

Clinicians Guide to OSHA’s Field Sanitation Standard
, MCN 2011

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Organizations

A Guide to Farmworker Programs and Services in Florida, Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations (COFFO)


For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at Erin@fachc.org