National Center for Farmworker Health

Farmworker Health Network (FHN)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is committed to increasing access of farmworkers and their families to quality health care, while reducing disparities in their health status. Critical to achieving this goal is the effort of Migrant Health Centers (MHCs) throughout the country. To bolster this effort and recognizing that MHCs have varied needs, HRSA also supports technical and non-financial assistance activities. To carry out these technical assistance activities, HRSA through the Office of Minority and Special Populations, has cooperative agreements with free-standing national organizations committed to the farmworker population, often referred to as the Training and Technical Service Grantees.

The Migrant Health Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements are six national, non-profit organizations that provide technical assistance to approximately 157 Migrant Health Grantees at over 500 delivery sites nationwide, in addition to numerous Community Health Grantees that serve migrant patients.

Grantees provide services and technical assistance in the following broad areas:

  • Policy analysis
  • Environmental health
  • Farmworker peer outreach (Promotoras)
  • Outreach programs
  • Clinical services, professional development and networking
  • Organizational capacity development
  • National resources and referral

The specific activities of each Training and Technical Service Grantee are available in this brochure and outlined below:

Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice, Inc. (FJI) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Using a multi-faceted approach, Farmworker Justice engages in litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education and support for union organizing. FJI focuses on advocacy and education to policy makers and the public on policy issues concerning occupational and environmental health, workers compensation, child labor, access to health care, immigration, wages and working conditions and other issues affecting migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. FJI was founded in 1981 and is based in Washington, D.C. FJI works with farmworkers and their organizations throughout the nation. In 1996, FJI became a subsidiary corporation of National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest constituency-based Hispanic civil rights organization. FJI maintains an independent Board of Directors and 501(c) (3) status as a charitable corporation.

Health Outreach Partners

Farmworker Health Services, Inc. is now Health Outreach Partners. Health Outreach Partners' mission is to improve the quality of life for our nation's farmworkers in collaboration with local communities and their existing health delivery systems, and most importantly, in partnership with the farmworkers we serve. Priority services and activities include health outreach and enabling services; health education and prevention strategies; cultural competency and responsiveness; and health data and outcome measures.

Migrant Clinicians Network

The Migrant Clinicians Network's mission is to positively impact the physical, mental and environmental health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and other under-served mobile populations. MCN addresses the unique health care needs and barriers for these populations through leadership, innovation, collaboration, and support to health care providers. MCN was established in 1984 by a group of front-line clinicians who felt the need for a national network to support providers, raise awareness of farmworker issues, and link clinical migrant resources around the country.

Migrant Health Promotion

Migrant Health Promotion builds on community strengths to improve health in farmworker and border communities. MHP's programs provide peer health education, increase access to health resources and bring community members together with health providers, employers and policymakers to create positive changes. Community leaders, called Promotores and Promotoras de Salud, provide the inspiration, direction and vision necessary to build stronger, healthier communities — from within. Migrant Health Promotion maintains offices in Michigan and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. In addition, Migrant Health Promotion actively shares its expertise, materials and resources for developing Promotor (a) programs with health centers and other organizations across the country.

NACHC

The National Association of Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America's medically underserved and uninsured. In serving its mission, NACHC represents the nation's network of over 1,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve 16 million people through 5,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. The National Association of Community Health Centers is the national trade association serving and representing the interests of America's community health centers.

National Center for Farmworker Health

The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers nationwide, as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.