Farm Workers' Program
The Farm Worker’s Program is a program that pays for some primary health care services to qualified migrant and seasonal farm workers and their dependents. Holyoke Health is one of the participating Community Health Centers that provide primary care and outreach and education to seasonal farm workers in the Connecticut River Valley. Our program focuses on farm workers in Hampshire and Hampden Counties.
This program is a voucher based one that helps to fill the gaps in health care for migrant agricultural workers whose constant moving to different areas makes it very difficult to maintain medical care. A bilingual outreach worker and a provider go to the labor housing during the growing season to help link workers to the program and to get the care that they need. The outreach worker does one on one and group education to the workers and the provider performs some onsite screening services and primary care and refers them back to the health center for additional care.
Some of the services that the Farm Worker’s Program will pay for are:
- Doctor’s visits
- Lab and x-ray services
- Screenings and immunizations
- Outpatient mental health and substance abuse services
- Vision, dental and pharmacy
- These services are only able to be paid for if they are performed at Holyoke Health or have been arranged by us
The Farm Workers Program also coordinates care and offers transportation to participating workers to get them to the health center for further care.