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ERIC Number: ED002349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Oct-1
Pages: 39
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HEALTH CONDITIONS AND SERVICES FOR DOMESTIC SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN CALIFORNIA.
California State Dept. of Public Health, Berkeley.
FIELD INTERVIEWS WERE HELD WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED WORKERS' FAMILIES. THE ACQUIRED INFORMATION SUPPLEMENTED A SURVEY OF PAST AND PRESENT CONDITIONS AND ASSISTED IN FORMULATING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION TO MEET THE ACUTE HEALTH NEEDS OF CALIFORNIA'S SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. THE HEALTH PROBLEM CAN BE MET BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES IF STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT. HEALTH AND MEDICAL FACILITIES ARE NEITHER ACCESSIBLE NOR AVAILABLE IN AREAS WHERE AGRICULTURAL FAMILIES LIVE AND WORK. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA MAKE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO COUNTIES DESIRING THE DECENTRALIZATION AND EXTENSION OF LOCAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL CARE SERVICES FOR SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH SUCH MEANS AS--(1) DEVELOPMENT OF FIELD CLINICS STAFFED BY LOCAL PERSONNEL, (2) PROVISION OF PRENATAL CARE FOR MOTHERS AND TREATMENT FOR SICK CHILDREN IN EXISTING CHILD HEALTH CONFERENCE CLINICS, (3) EXPANSION OF FIELD NURSING STAFFS FOR CLINICS, HOME NURSING, HEALTH EDUCATION, AND LIAISON WITH EXISTING TREATMENT FACILITIES, (4) USE OF UNOCCUPIED BEDS IN RURAL PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND DISTRICT HOSPITALS FOR COUNTY PATIENTS AT COUNTY EXPENSE, (5) PROVISION OF TRANSPORTATION TO CENTRAL FACILITIES FOR BOTH INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE, (6) AND IMPROVEMENT OF SANITATION IN HOUSING AND IN THE FIELD. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS WERE THAT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS BE ABOLISHED IN COUNTY HOSPITALS AND THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO THE FEASIBILITY OF PREPAYMENT HEALTH PLANS FOR DOMESTIC SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES SIMILAR TO THOSE PLANS REQUIRED BY LAW FOR FOREIGN CONTRACT WORKERS. TABLES, MAPS, AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY WERE INCLUDED.
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Public Health, Berkeley.
Identifiers: California (Berkeley); CLINICS *AGRICULTURAL LABORERS