Migrant Health

Through the Migrant Health Program, Proteus provides primary health care services to more than 1500 migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Iowa every year. Based on the geographical need, Proteus bi-lingual community health aides and providers host remote clinics throughout the state in areas where migrant workers are located. Proteus is an FTCA deemed facility.

Des Moines
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fort Dodge
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Iowa City
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health Care Services

Proteus Health Clinic with students.Proteus provides health care services to migrant and farmworkers located in Iowa. Patients are seen at mobile clinics, in-house clinics and on an individual basis by a Proteus licensed medical professional. Proteus uses a sliding fee schedule based on income for health services. Vouchers are provided for other health services with the many partnership agreements with other medical professionals in the state. These include specialty providers, dentists and vision experts. Proteus bilingual community health aides provide transportation and interpretation for these other services when needed.


On-site Health Clinics

Conesville Clinic Workers (2)Migrant farmworkers perform difficult labor and are in the fields from early morning until late evening, sometimes seven days a week. Such a schedule does not facilitate access to health care services. There are also language barriers and transportation issues. Health care clinics are scheduled in locations where farmworkers are working and living, during the hours when workers are available for services. In these locations, workers receive vital exams such as blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and blood profiling to check for anemia, cholesterol and diabetes. All patients are able to have a complete physical exam.