UMASH is a collaborative center of five leading research and healthcare institutions. One of our collaborators, Migrant Clinicians Network, recently highlighted the Spanish-language hotline they created with Farm Aid. All farmers, including Spanish-speaking farmers, can call 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243) and receive support. Language can be a barrier to accessing needed information, especially for some immigrant farmers and workers. The Spanish-language hotline team connects callers to the resources they need, using a broad network of farm and rural supports.
Read more in the article below and pass on this resource to a farmer you know!
The article, by Jessica Calderón, International Projects, Emerging Issues, & Witness to Witness Program Associate for Migrant Clinicians Network, is reprinted below with permission from Migrant Clinicians Network.Read the Article
Spanish-Language Hotline Connects Them to Resources
by: Jessica Calderón
Over the course of the pandemic, I was reminded, like many other people, of the importance of having good quality food. And I’m referring to the quality of the taste and the health benefits of consuming something that will nourish our bodies. I recognize that farmers and ranchers are the backbones of our country. In recent years, more and more farmers are, like me, immigrants. Their access to assistance of various forms is limited because of numerous barriers, including language. Two years ago, Migrant Clinicians Network joined forces with Farm Aid to bring language justice and improved health access to immigrant farmers, through a direct phone line where they could be connected with resources they need. The work, spearheaded by MCN’s Leslie Rodriguez during the beginning of the pandemic, included months of networking and outreach to find available resources. Now, the Spanish-language hotline that we jointly created is live and taking calls.
Spread the Word
All farmers can call the hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243), Monday through Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm Pacific Time. My colleague, MCN’s Elizabeth Gonzales, will answer your call and try to assist you.
Now, we need to spread the word. Elizabeth and I attended the Latino Farmer Conference in Escondido, California, on November 17 and 18 to invite farmers and their families to use this new resource created for them.
We also want to ask our partner organizations and clinics that provide resources to Spanish-speaking farmers and farmworkers to include MCN and Farm Aid’s hotline database in your outreach. If you have resources that would be helpful to Spanish-speaking farmers and farmworkers, please reach out to Caitlin Stephano at email@example.com. Through the Farm Aid hotline and email service, Farm Aid’s Hotline staff refers farmers to an extensive network of the family farm and rural support organizations across the country. All farmers can call the hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243).