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Emergency Preparedness

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Events of recent years have highlighted the importance of planning and preparing for the continuity of health care services in the event of any type of emergency or disaster. Providing health care services to mobile underserved populations, like migrant farmworkers poses a host of challenges to service providers under the best of circumstances, including isolated rural work and home locations, group housing, mobility, limited English proficiency, cultural factors, transportation, documentation status, and poverty. The significance of these factors is undoubtedly magnified under emergency circumstances.

For additional technical assistance in planning for the clinical aspects of emergency preparedness, please contact Migrant Clinicians Network at 1.800.825.8205, or email Candace Kugel, CRNP, CNM, Specialist in Clinical Systems and Women’s Health at ckugel@migrantclinician.org.