The Increase Access to Care for Ag Workers (IAC) program is a learning collaborative that goes hand in hand with the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign, a national initiative launched in 2015 to increase access to quality healthcare for America’s Agricultural workers and their families. At the time of the Campaign’s launch, health centers were seeing a decrease in the number of Ag Workers being served and not keeping pace with the increases in 330g (Migrant Health) funding. Health Center staff and other advocates knew that more could be done to increase access to quality care for Ag Workers and their families – The result was the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign.
About the Program
The IAC Program was designed to assist health centers in accurately identifying, registering and reporting their patients….We know that Ag workers are being served, but are not always asked the right questions and, therefore, often not identified as Ag workers.
Through this program, consisting of training, quarterly network calls, and support, NCFH has been able to help health centers modify their current systems and registration processes to demonstrate their effectiveness. As a result, participating heath center patient registration teams are implementing the steps necessary to identify and accurately report Ag workers when they register.
In addition to participation in training sessions and quarterly calls, these health centers also provide their UDS information to NCFH twice a year; the purpose of this is to help us track and measure the outcomes of the changes being implemented as part of the Program.
Learning Collaborative Participation
Our Program members include Primary Care Associations (PCAs), Health Care Controlled Networks (HCCNs), and Health Centers (HCs). Our common goal for the Increase Access to Care Program is to continue to increase access to care for Agriculture workers in their service areas through sharing of knowledge, tools, and resources. In our work, as in most industries, time is limited, and we truly believe that by being sources of information for each other and sharing what has worked in accomplishing our goals, we can all be successful.
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The National Center for Farmworker Health
Improving health care access for one of America's most vulnerable populations