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Migrant health centers were established in 1962 to provide comprehensive primary care services to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their families in a culturally sensitive environment. Like health centers, migrant health centers provide comprehensive health care services to their target population at an affordable price, regardless of insurance status. Migrant health centers use culturally sensitive clinical protocols, bilingual health personnel, and lay outreach workers. In 2018, Michigan health centers served 13,620 migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. 


The Migrant Health Network

MPCA formed a network of migrant health partners to better understand and respond to the needs of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers 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. Current network participants include:

Report Cases of Pesticide Illnesses, Injuries

Known or suspected occupational pesticide poisoning is a reportable condition. Physicians, hospitals, clinics, and employers are required by law to report known or suspected cases of occupational disease to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). You can fulfill your legal obligation to report with the On-line Occupational Disease Report Form.


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.

  • If you have recently been exposed to a pesticide and are experiencing symptoms, contact Poison Control at 800.222.1222 or call your physician.
  • For information and management of chronic health effects call the MSU Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at 517.353.1846.
  • To report a misuse of pesticides, or for information on the Worker Protection Standard, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) at 800.292.3939.
  • For more information, contact the MDHHS pesticide surveillance coordinator at 800.MI.TOXIC (800.648.6942).

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.



For more information, contact Jackie Chandler.  


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