Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Health
The State of Oregon recognizes the vital role that migrant and seasonal farmworkers play in the state's economy.
An estimated 174,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families support the multi-billion dollar agricultural industry. Most of these workers and their families do not have health care coverage through their employers or the State. As a result, migrant and seasonal farmworkers experience higher rates of specific health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer than most other Oregonians. In response to this need, the Federal Government, through the Bureau of Primary Health Care, has set aside funding for health centers that serve the migrant and seasonal farmworker community.
In recognition of the positive contributions made by this medically underserved community the Office of Equity and Inclusion is working to increase medical access to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families through supporting mobile health clinics, langauge access outreach, issues of health literacy and the use of traditional health workers. Migrant Health staff are dedicated to improving the health status of farmworkers and their families by providing support and assistance in the development of new Migrant Health Centers throughout Oregon. Our staff are further committed to reducing access barriers for this productive yet vulnerable community. To help reduce barriers, staff provide data and resources for potential applicants to access and use in their application process.
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Council
OEI convenes the Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Council to support these goals and to utilize community wisdom to advance health equity for the population.
2013 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Enumeration Study
The 2013 Update of the 2002 Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker Enumeration Studies Report is now complete. The update includes: new county-by-county estimates of MSFW workers and their families; discussion of the challenges of estimating the Migrant and Seasonal population; statewide estimates of non-workers living in MSFW households by age; discussion of indigenous populations and surveys of languages spoken by these groups.
For more information, please contact:
Maria Elena Castro, Rural and Migrant Health Coordinator - Maria.Castro@state.or.us 503-884-4448