National Center for Farmworker Health
Call for Health
1770 FM 967 • Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-2700
(800) 531-5120
fax (512) 312-2600
March 2015
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NCFH History

Originally incorporated in 1975 as the National Migrant Referral Project (NMRP) in Austin, Texas through a family planning grant, NMRP was responsible for placing bilingual, bicultural social workers in upstream (northern) health centers to train staff in the appropriate provision of care to a monolingual Hispanic farmworker population. Other early activities involved the creation of child, adult and prenatal portable health records, a directory of federally funded health centers and their satellites, and a collection of relevant materials in a resource center. The resource center opened when NMRP inherited the library collection of the Juarez-Lincoln University, a landmark educational initiative founded by Antioch University. The archives expanded with the personal donation of migrant health historical materials by the late Helen Johnston, the first director of the federal Migrant Health Program.

The corporate name was changed to the National Migrant Resource Program in 1989 in recognition of a more permanent status than that implied by the use of the word "Project". Also in 1989, the Migrant Clinicians Network was funded as a project within NMRP and in 1992 was launched as a separate corporation, creating a clinical home for Migrant Health Program providers. In 1996, the name NMRP was changed to National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) in order to reflect the comprehensive set of products and services offered on a national basis in support of improving access to care to the farmworker population.

In 1998, NCFH moved from rented offices in Austin to a facility built specifically to suit the needs of the organization in the neighboring rural community of Buda, Texas.

Today, key services and activities within NCFH include:

1. Operation of a multimedia resource center and archival library with electronic access to most documents.

2. Provision of consultation services which include technical assistance and training on a wide variety of capacity building topics to facilitate provision of care to farmworkers.

3. Development of culturally and linguistically appropriate health education materials and health promotion programs.

4. Hosting and co-hosting of four conferences each year which are designed to create opportunities for colleagues in Migrant Health to come together to learn from each other.

5. Collaboration with funding agencies through grants and cooperative agreements and other migrant service organizations.

6. Examination of external environmental factors and health policies that impact upon the delivery of care to farmworkers and articulation of the issues and solutions for consideration by appropriate partners.