• Migrant farmworkers find healthcare in western Missouri

    Photo by Bram Sable-Smith.

    Photo by Bram Sable-Smith.

    By Daniela Vidal

    Many Mexican migrant farmworkers are heading home at the end of apple picking season this October. Sixty-one year-old Maria Zavala is one of them.

    For the past 18 years she’s made the 20-hour drive from her home in Waco, Texas to western Missouri to work in the apple orchards.  She’s struggled with high blood pressure that entire time, and like most migrant farmworkers who don’t speak English, she often wasn’t aware of the health care options available to her.

    But here in Lexington, Missouri every Monday evening during apple picking season—from August to late October–the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund (MFAF) holds a health clinic in the parking lot of a Head Start building.

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    ----------Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

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