Providing care for migrant farm worker families in their unique sociocultural context and environment

J Transcult Nurs. 2010 Apr;21(2):159-66. doi: 10.1177/1043659609357631.


This article highlights the Farm Worker Family Health Program's (FWFHP) strategies for providing care to migrant farm workers residing within a unique social and cultural context. The care provided by health professions students from a variety of disciplines extends and augments the work of the local migrant farm worker clinic that is pushed beyond capacity during peak growing and harvest times. Nursing's social responsibility to care for underserved populations is a guiding principle of the FWFHP and shapes how the work is translated into action. The FWFHP is a community-academic partnership that began in the rural southeastern United States in 1993. Challenges facing migrant farm worker families include access to health care, language, health literacy, housing and sanitation, family and community integrity, and workplace safety. The nursing practice strategies used to address these health challenges may be adapted to strengthen health programs serving other populations who live in poverty or reside in low-resource settings.

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Community Health Nursing*
  • Cultural Competency*
  • Culture
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Health / ethnology*
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health
  • Rural Health Services
  • Social Responsibility
  • Transients and Migrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States