California’s Vaccination Plan Needs to Prioritize Farmworkers, Their Families and Agricultural Communities
See the policy brief prepared for COVID-19 Farmworker and Rural Immigrant Community Advocacy Coalition, on why farmworkers and their communities should be Read the article in the Desert Sun on our policy brief.
We have to get serious about protecting California farmworkers during COVID-19
See a recent op/ed in Cal Matters on how stricter enforcement of COVID-19 protections will save lives of vulnerable farmworkers. Also, see articles in Salinas Californian, San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Cal Matters.
COVID-19 Farmworker Study
The COVID-19 Farmworker Study (COFS) will provide critical missing information on farmworkers’ abilities to protect themselves and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study brings together a collective of community-based organizations, researchers and advocates to reveal information that can only be gathered directly from farmworkers who have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
California farmworker families face unique challenges with the coronavirus and require targeted assistance to keep families and communities safe.
See a short summary of why farmworkers are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and and how we need to help ensure the safety of farmworker communities and the products that they produce.
- Farmworkers are largely uninsured and lack access to basic health services.
- Farmworkers are deemed to be “essential critical infrastructure workers,” yet are at a particular risk of COVID-19.
- As a predominantly immigrant and low income population, farmworkers may shun even basic preventive and public health care services.
What we need to do:
Access to health services
- Ensure free testing and coverage for all COVID-19 related care regardless of insurance and immigration status, including cases with a provisional COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Suspend all co-pays and sliding fee payments at community clinics for COVID-19 related services.
- Enhance food and nutrition services to meet basic needs in these times of reduced work and income.
- Expand of Medi-Cal eligibility to all ages regardless of immigration status beyond the current coverage through age 25 and the Governor’s proposal to cover the elderly.
Outreach, advice, and support to farmworker families
- Support community based and promotores programs to provide outreach, education and navigation services, including transportation to health services.
- Enhance written material in Spanish and indigenous languages as well as radio, television, and social media messaging on COVID-19.
- Support community health center increase in service capacity– to expand phone advice into evening and early morning hours and establish triage facilities for COVID-19.
- Form alliances of community based organizations with local and State public health departments on COVID-19 outreach and education.
Labor and income supports
- Provide guaranteed sick leave for farmworker and dependents, unemployment coverage, and income for displaced and cash-paid farmworkers.
- Develop alternative mechanisms for income support for those affected by COVID-19 groups since some farmworkers are employed in the underground economy where mandated sick leave provisions cannot be rapidly enforced.
Federal proposed public charge regulations will harm millions
- Capitol briefing summary 7-10-14
- Capitol briefing material 7-10-14
- Stakeholder advisory group meeting notes 7-10-14
- Stakeholder advisory group meeting notes 3-10-14
- Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting agenda 3-10-14
- Coverage for California Farm Workers – One pager
- New Models of Health Care Coverage for California Farm Workers – project description
- Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting Notes 10-28-13
- Further data analysis from Ed Kissam; Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund 3-10-14
- Coverage for California Farm Workers – One pager 2-11-14
- SB 1005 Fact Sheet (Health4All)
- ICE Guidance on Affordable Care Act
- Werner‐Kohnstamm Family Fund data analysis of farmworker coverage 10-28-13
- Congressional sign on letter re: capped plans
- KVPR (San Joaquin Valley Public Radio) on farmworker health care options under the Affordable Care Act. Listen to the story: Growers Find Innovative Ways To Provide Health Care To Employees.9-3-2013
- Farmworkers and National Health Reform – Where Are We Now? (National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start ACA Webinar) –
- Health Care for Farmworkers: Consensus Report of Local Agriculture and Labor Representatives — August 2009. Full report and PowerPoint presentation