Migrant Health Program
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’s bi-lingual Community Health Aides and Providers host remote clinics throughout the state into areas where migrant workers are located.
Patients are seen at mobile clinics, in house clinics and on an individual basis by a Proteus contracted licensed medical professional. Proteus has a sliding fee schedule based on income for the health services. Proteus is also able to provide vouchers for other health services with the many Memorandums of Understanding we have with other medical professionals in the state of Iowa. This would include specialty providers, dentists and vision experts. Proteus’ bilingual Community Health Aides provide transportation and interpretation for these other services when needed.
Migrant WorkersThe migrant farmworkers perform difficult labor and are in the fields from early morning until late evenings, sometimes seven days a week. Such a schedule does not facilitate the access to health care services. There are also language barriers and transportation issues. Proteus’ Community Health Aides schedule clinics in locations where farmworkers are working and living, in the hours when the workers are available for health care services. In these locations, medical providers and Community Health Aides conduct health histories, vital exams such as blood pressure, temperature, height & weight, blood profiling to check for anemia, cholesterol and diabetes. All patients are able to have a complete physical exam.