Meeting Health Care Needs Of Migrant Farm Workers In Canada

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Meeting Health Care Needs of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Meeting Health Care Needs of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Problem Statement

Migrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala are now part of the reality migration in the region of Canada. Indeed, in ten years, the number of companies' vegetables in the region participating in temporary migration programs increased from 2 to 50. These companies employed in 2008 more than 900 migrant workers, including about 300 to Canada only. Migrant farm workers are eligible for Public medical insurance, health insurance in Canada and the benefits CSST (Commission of the health and safety). Several indicators field concern in connection with access to health care and trajectories of use services for migrant farm workers from Mexico and Guatemala, led a research team of the Centre for health and social services centers (CSSS) of the Old Capital to begin the first phase of evaluation research on the apparent lack accessibility of health services frontline adapted to the needs and realities migrant farm workers in the Canada. This evaluation research has as its objective to understand the reality and needs of these workers for health, describe the trajectories of care they use and to question the competence cultural care provision present in the region.


For the purposes of this case study, objectives arising from the evaluation questions are:

Identify the health needs of Mexican migrant farm workers and Guatemalan in Canada

Study the accessibility and trajectories of use of health services b migrant workers, attendants, and vegetable producers

Identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of cultural competence

Identify ways of thinking about how to put in place to promote better access to health care for migrant farm workers


Given the multiplicity of growth and migration in the region Capital-National, the use of professional interpreters paid to requirements and concepts in health is a relevant measure whose efficiency appears essential for health institutions (Karliner, 2004, 2006, Rosenberg et al., 2007). However, to achieve this, it seems appropriate to target communities in need, identify corridors well instrumented care institutions and in which interpreters or Spanish speakers available. It is then essential to effectively inform all instances of local and regional interventions, the vegetable growers and migrant farm workers. A care pathway could be developed for agricultural workers Island Orleans and already in operation during this growing season as a pilot. The simultaneous assessment of this project could adjust implementing the specific needs of the agricultural community and health workers local and possibly provide an experimental model of reference for the implementation of culturally appropriate care corridors in other settings. To do this, potential talent must be harnessed. In fact, mobilize within institutions people with language skills and interested in use these skills in the context of their work appears, from the observations made in this research, providing a realistic and achievable in the current fiscal environment.

Development of small internal teams with expertise in cultural, coming in support (on call as needed) to stakeholders in place, would have the interest to use while the rewarding skills and knowledge ...