Today is Agricultural Worker Health Day.
Community health centers serve approximately 20% of the estimated 4.5 million agricultural workers in the United States.
Rural areas like ours are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. Higher proportions of elderly persons, higher smoking usage, higher prevalence of certain chronic diseases, and lower proportions of persons covered by health insurance contribute to this vulnerability.
Over the past few years, health center staff, community health workers, clinicians and advocates have come together to develop more effective strategies to increase access to care for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their families.
Open Door stands with farm workers and their families and works to ensure access to quality healthcare for all in our community.
Learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on the health of U.S. farm workers and how health centers support access to care: https://foodtank.com/news/2020/07/health-of-u-s-farm-workers-during-covid-19/