National Center for Farmworker Health

Community/Migrant Health Center Consultation/Technical Assistance Services

  • Program Improvement

    NCFH staff members and consultants are available to provide hands-on consultation at your health center to assess migrant health service delivery and health education programs. They also identify areas for improvement, assess the root-cause of any existing problems, and offer recommendations for program improvement. Examples of program consultation include orientation to M/SFW populations for new staff members, identifying and serving the farmworkers in your area, recruiting and building participation of farmworkers on your governing board, tailoring your health care plan to include the needs of the farmworkers in your area, and assuring quality of care that is relevant to the needs of the farmworker population.

  • Program Development

    Technical assistance is provided to health centers and other community-based organizations interested in serving migratory and seasonal farmworkers through establishment of special programs to address their unique health needs. These include implementing health promotion and disease prevention interventions in the areas of breast and cervical cancer, comprehensive cancer, HIV, oral health, asthma, and arthritis. These programs are all culturally appropriate, utilize materials at the appropriate literacy level and employ the use of lay health promoters to reach the farmworker populations.

    This hands-on, on-site technical assistance is provided in the planning, development, implementation, and/or evaluation stages of the above mentioned programs. NCFH staff work with interested parties in identifying the target population and assessing their needs, mapping community resources, identifying gaps, seeking potential partnerships, developing program concepts and service delivery models, writing health care plans, developing program policies and procedures, in addition to reviewing grant applications.

  • Technical Assistance in the Grant Writing Application Process

    These services are provided to organizations that either intend to establish new farmworker health programs or to community/migrant health centers that want to expand their existing migrant health programs. To assist these organizations, NCFH offers the following services:

    1. Assessing community needs: NCFH staff meets with interested organizations to determine the scope of the project, what types of information should be collected, and the appropriate data collection method. NCFH then creates or adapts data collection tools, trains data collectors, completes data collection, analyzes data, and writes reports.
    2. Designing Service Delivery Models to Serve Farmworkers: NCFH provides consultation to interested parties and helps them conceptualize and implement the ideal service delivery plan to serve their target population.
    3. Developing and Reviewing Grant Proposals: NCFH helps organizations develop their grant applications. This service offers identification of funding sources, understanding the concept of the request for proposal, matching RFPs to program needs, and formation of the grant writing team. We will work with the team to conceptualize the desired program and in the development of the grant proposal. Once proposals are complete, NCFH staff review the proposals and provide improvement recommendations before the proposal is submitted to the funding source.

  • Population Analysis Services - Establishing the Service Area and Estimating the Target Population

    These services are provided to both community organizations interested in establishing new services for farmworkers and established programs interested in:

    1. Predicting demand for services
    2. Assessing service utilization
    3. Determining cost-effective staffing patterns

    NCFH uses a variety of methods to provide organizations with community and population information as they establish or improve their farmworker health program. These methods include:

    1. Using Global Positioning Information System (GIS) technology to map service area gaps
    2. Researching data on local labor intensive crops, acreage, harvest seasons, production demands, and unemployment in order to calculate the number of farmworkers
    3. Using a population estimation formula to determine seasonal variation of farmworkers in target areas

  • Health Center Policy and Procedure Development

    This on-site technical assistance involves the development of health center policies and procedures. NCFH staff will provide the health center with generic policies and procedures on a CD-ROM in Microsoft Word to use as a guide in preparing their own policies and procedures. Additionally, the health center will receive technical assistance to prepare for organizational review by the Bureau of Primary Health Care or other accrediting bodies. This is a two-day consultation conducted at your location. One week after the on-site consultation, a Consultation Report will be provided, which includes a summary of the review and recommendations for your organization.