Vecinos, We Are Neighbors

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What We Do

Forest_Cove_OutreachAt Vecinos, Inc. we provide free primary and preventative medical outreach, health education, and case management services to farmworkers and their families.

Our model is designed to break down the multiple barriers to care that farmworkers face with the goal of providing comprehensive, culturally appropriate healthcare services.

The first step in this process is typically to identify migrant labor camps.

While many farmworkers will come back to the same place every year, each year we have new groups of men, women, and children who migrate to WNC to work in the fields and are spread out often living in remote, hard-to-find locations. As a result, each year we must find where these new camps are in order to offer our services.

Once camps are identified, we begin taking our services directly to farmworkers at the camps. We aim to visit each camp at least 3 times.

  • Visit 1: Outreach staff visits the camp to introduce our program, explain the services that we provide, and conduct an initial health assessment.
  • Visit 2: Outreach staff returns with one of our contract Registered Nurses to take vitals and collect Point-Of-Care lab tests. Outreach workers provide health education on a variety of farmworker related topics.
  • Visit 3: One of our providers visits the camp in our mobile medical unit to review labs, perform physicals, assess patient needs, and create a feasible treatment plan. Outreach staff continue with health education.

The next step is our case management follow-up.

Once everyone has had the opportunity to visit with our provider, we devise follow-up plans and strive to provide folks with the resources they need to lead healthy lives.

clinic_2012Our case management includes but is not limited to scheduling and transportation to appointments, interpretation at various clinics, and provision of resources such as food, over-the-counter and prescription medications, oral health supplies, toiletries, etc.

The health education that we provide is often the most valuable tool we can give to our patients. Migrant farmworkers may pass through our service area for a very short time and some of them only once. The information we give them allows them to continue seeking resources to improve their health.

Topics include:

  • Heat Illness
  • Pesticide Use
  • STI/HIV prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health/Stress
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Injury Prevention/Musculoskeletal Care