Migrant Health Centers were established in 1962 to provide comprehensive primary care to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their families in a culturally sensitive environment. In 2014, Michigan Health Centers served 15,151 migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
Michigan Primary Care Association has formed a network of migrant health partners to better understand and respond to the needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Michigan. Partners include Michigan Migrant Health Centers and local, state, and national collaborators. The network meets quarterly (three times per year) via teleconference, and one time per year face-to-face.
Migrant Health Network Priority Areas
Current Network Participants
Report Known or Suspected Cases of Pesticide Illnesses, Injuries
Known or suspected occupational pesticide poisoning is a reportable condition. You can fulfill your legal obligation to report by On-line Occupational Disease Reporting. The symptoms of pesticide poisoning can be similar to those of heat exhaustion, flu, food poisoning, asthma, or allergies. It is important to take an environmental and occupational history when examining a patient with symptoms such as headache, fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, skin irritation, eye irritation, irritation of the nose and throat, difficulty in breathing, or cough and to determine if there could be a relationship with activities at home or work.
Reporting to the surveillance system ensures that incidents are recorded and enhances prevention of pesticide related illnesses. Reports may trigger patient education. Investigation of the facts can inform public health prevention efforts and help regulatory agencies review unanticipated health problems with products and make policy changes. Your assistance with this importance public health problem is appreciated.
Migrant Health Resources
Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Migrant Health Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Migrant Health Resources webpage.
Sara Koziel, MA