The Need and Provision of Health Care for the Texas Migrant Population: The Experience of the Su Clinica Familiar Migrant Health Program


The overwhelming majority of Su Clinica's users and migrant farmworkers in the U.S. are Chicano. Chicanos have particular health needs because of their Mexican heritage and their own cultural approach to health. Migrants also have specific health complications as a result of farm work under the sometimes detrimental conditions determined by nature and the agricultural industry within government guidelines. In addition, migrants suffer health deficiencies due to their low economic status. Thus the data for this report are drawn together from information available on migrants, on agricultural workers, on Chicanos and on the poor, in general. It will also sometimes be necessary to assume that data that is only available on the poor is applicable to migrants and vice versa.


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