Vecinos Farmworker Health Program received $75,000 for COVID funding from Dogwood Health Trust, and an additional $25,000 from their Racial Equity Grant to assist with their clinical expansion effort.

Vecinos Farmworker Health Program is a nonprofit health care organization addressing the wellness of farmworkers and their families with health care, education, community partnerships and advocacy, covering about 3,500 square miles across eight counties in Western North Carolina. Their funding is currently limited to provide services to farmworkers and their family members – about 800 people in the region, while the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 demographics estimate this region is home to about 3,500 Latinos. In tandem with the disproportionate effect of COVID on the Latino population, many uninsured, low-income Latinos are left without culturally appropriate health care. Those clinics that do employ bilingual staff often see more demand for services than can be met.

Funds from the Dogwood Health Trust Racial Equity Community grant will be used to assist Vecinos’ strategic planning and expansion of services beyond solely farmworkers. Vecinos will continue to offer bilingual, culturally appropriate health care to uninsured, low-income Latinos in the eight western counties by focusing on medical and enabling services and community collaboration. 

“With 16 years of experience serving farmworkers, Vecinos is uniquely positioned in the region to offer free, primary and mental health care to uninsured Latinos,” said Marianne Martinez, director of Vecinos Farmworker Health Program. “The need in the community is present, and the pandemic has shown us how deep that need runs. We look forward to working with our partners over the next several months to plan a strategic approach to serving the larger population and are grateful for the generous support from Dogwood Health Trust.”

For more information about Vecinos Farmworker Health Program and to support this community effort, visit www.vecinos.org.