NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON MIGRANT HEALTH
The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health was formed under the 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Council is mandated to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the health and health care needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States. The members are comprised largely of farmworkers who also serve as governing board members of local federally-funded migrant health care programs. As such, the Council offers a practical knowledge about the health and health care of farmworkers, which is vital to the development and implementation of effective federal farmworker health policy. Toward this end, the Council works closely with the Migrant Health Program in the Office of Minority and Special Populations.
The National Advisory Council holds public meetings three times each year. Input to Council recommendations is regularly solicited from migrant health programs, various federal and non-governmental agencies, farmworkers, and any other interested parties. The farmworker input process has been institutionalized in the form of public hearings held as part of Council meetings. These hearings share in a long-standing tradition of farmworker hearings sponsored by various federal agencies and committees to discern the conditions of farmworkers' lives.
Current members of the National Advisory Council include:
Migrant Health Monograph Series
In 2002, the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health published a series of papers on topics critical to improving the health of the Nation's farmworkers. These papers are available by topic for download.
2. Dental & Oral Health
3. Environmental & Occupational Safety and Health
4. Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program
5. Mental Health and Substance Abuse
6. Outreach Services
7. Domestic Violence
8. Disaster Relief
10. Recruitment, Retention and Training of Bilingual/Bicultural Staff
11. Child Labor