In May of 2015 the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign was launched jointly by NCFH & NACHC. The goal of the Campaign is to increase provision of quality primary health care services to 2 million Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers (MSAWs) in Community/Migrant Health Centers by 2020. This represents a more than 100% increase in Ag Workers to be served. NCFH and NACHC have joined forces to embrace and advance this effort and Farmworker Health Network members, as well as the Bureau of Primary Health Care, are actively engaged. There are three Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign strategies, which are: 1) Credit Where Credit is Due; 2) Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Access and; 3) Building Capacity to Sustain Growth.
The motivation for this effort was the input provided during the Closing Plenary at the 2014 Midwest Stream Forum, in which a picture of health centers’ reality in serving MSAWs was painted through an exercise called the Wall of Wonder (WOW). This information made it clear that there is a continued need for access to quality care, as testimony illustrated an outstanding and unmet need. Two additional WOW exercises were conducted at the 2015 East Coast and Western Stream Forums to verify that the need is not isolated to the Midwest, rather a national trend. Data from these three events is available on the NCFH website at www.bit.ly/NCFH_WOW. We found it to be a compelling call to action.
Several things have become clear since the Campaign was launched. These include:
We could not have started without your support in 2015 and we will not succeed without your continued support within your home communities. Please help us reach the goal of increasing access to quality care to 2 million MSAWs and their families annually.
Join the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign at: http://www.ncfh.org/ag-worker-access-2020.html and let’s make 2017 the best year yet!
The National Center for Farmworker Health
Improving health care access for one of America's most vulnerable populations