ERIC Number: ED119926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Health for the Harvesters: Decade of Hope 1960-1970.
Weber, David O.
In 1970, the Farm Workers Health Service, which was begun in 1961, included 33 decentralized medical clinics which served 24,000 seasonal farm workers and their families in 17 counties during the peak harvest months. Seventeen clinics offered year-round general medical services, and in 12 counties free medical and dental care was available to farm worker families under fee-for-service project arrangements. The 26 California migrant health projects also offered nursing clinics, public health nursing, aide and environmental health services, maternity service clinics, and health education. Of the $1.2 million from the U.S. Public Health Service, nearly $1 million directly supported medical and environmental services. The State provided another $100,000 for local project activities, and the counties subsidized about 50 percent of the services to migrants within their areas as a local contribution. Nearly 100,000 men, women, and children received medical care under the program during its 10 years of operation. Some 132 dedicated professional and paraprofessional health workers staffed the 26 projects. This report discusses the conditions which made the program necessary, the families who received its services, and the daily routine of the nurses, aides, sanitarians, and doctors. The 26 projects, their sponsor, location, services and operation seasons are listed. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Health, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California