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ERIC Number: ED178252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Health Needs of Migrant Workers in Wisconsin.
Slesinger, Doris P.
A survey of Wisconsin's migrant workers was conducted to obtain demographic information, to determine unmet health care needs, and to make recommendations for migrant health services based on those needs. A stratified random sample of 408 workers was selected, representing about 10% of the migrant workers in Wisconsin in the 1978 season; 262 of those selected were interviewed. Information was obtained by bilingual interviewers using a standard household interview form. Forty percent of those interviewed spoke only Spanish and 91 percent said that their ethnic heritage was Mexican. Migrants expressed the need for dental care, health facilities with night and weekend hours, Spanish-speaking health professionals, and improved environmental conditions. Unmet needs which were not perceived as important included mental health services, family planning, and alcoholism counseling. General recommendations, based on the findings of the survey, include upgrading the level of preventive health care, improving access to health care services, providing programs for improving mental health, enforcing existing environmental regulations, and involving migrants in the health planning process. The health survey form, printed in Spanish and English, is appended. (JH)
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Alcoholism, Demography, Employment Statistics, Family Planning, Farm Labor, Health Conditions, Health Needs, Health Services, Medical Services, Mental Health, Mexican Americans, Migrant Children, Migrant Health Services, Migrant Problems, Migrant Workers, Mothers, Preventive Medicine, Questionnaires, Sanitation, Seasonal Laborers, Spanish Speaking, Special Health Problems, Surveys
Bureau of Community Health, Division of Health, P.O. Box 309, Madison, WI 53701
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.; United Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.; Wisconsin State Div. of Health, Madison. Bureau of Community Health.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.