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                                          Migrant Health Network



The Migrant Health Network (MHN) provides basic health services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in Southwest Virginia. A program of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc. the MHN is funded by the Bureau of primary Care, Migrant Health Division.

The counties served are: Lee, Scott, Russell, Smyth, Washington, Scott, Grayson, Carroll, and Patrick.

The activities of the MHN are overseen by an Advisory Board that includes farmworkers, growers, health care providers, and community leaders.

The MHN provides many services on a sliding scale to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Services include, but are not limited to, the following: primary care medical services, health education, Outreach, health assessments, referrals, and case management.

Our clinical partners include: Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc., Tri-Area Health Center, Clinch River Health Center, and Stone Mountain Health Services.

The MHN outreach workers identify health problems and assist farmworkers to obtain health care at one of our clinical partnerís centers.

Migrant and Seasonal farmworkers are at risk for health problems due to many factors including: lack of transportation, lack of knowledge of resources, lack of resources to pay for care, language barriers, and their mobile lifestyle.

Migrant farmworkers have different and more complex problems than those of the general population. Migrant farmworkers suffer frequently from untreated diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases, contact dermatitis, dental problems, urinary tract infections, and musculoskeletal problems.

In addition to the MHN staff, many volunteers assist with the program including Doctors, nurses, dentists, college students, nurse practitioners and other community members.


Migrant Health Network

Beth Frye - MHN Outreach Worker

Claudia Ospina - MHN Outreach Worker

Mary Manzanzani - MHN Outreach Worker



For more information about the program please contact:

MHN Program Coordinator

P.O. Box 729

Saltville, VA 24370