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The Migrant Health Experience

Each year, 10,000 migrant workers arrive in Oregon, and because they have little access to health care, suffer from some of the worst health outcomes in...
by | August 1, 2007

Each year, 10,000 migrant workers arrive in Oregon, and because they have little access to health care, suffer from some of the worst health outcomes in the nation, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. To better know and serve their health needs, students from Portland State University and medical professionals from Mexico have partnered to survey migrant workers this summer about their medical histories and to teach basic health skills, such as personal hygiene, safer sex and combating loneliness. The Health Worker Outreach Program, funded by the nonprofit Oregon Community Foundation, will compile the data collected, analyze it and distribute the results to a migrant outreach health center in Washington County, Ore., and the state of Oregon. The information will help state officials and others shape health programs tailored to seasonal workers. The surveys taken by the students consist of 132 questions that ask about a patient's history of family diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and more. To learn more about the program, contact PSU Assistant Professor Ted Donlan of the School of Social Work at 503-725-4712.

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