The Agricultural Health Program is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Healthcare. This program provides agricultural workers and anyone in their household with access to affordable health care.
Agricultural Health Clinics
Our model is unique in that patients can access health care at our clinic locations, but we also take health care to them through temporary mobile clinics and provide it on-site where they are working or living.
To learn more, find help or schedule a clinic, call us at 1 (800) 372-6031.
The Agricultural Health Program provides farmworkers with the resources to stay healthy while they are working. When employers work closely with Proteus, the workers are able to access necessary services so that they miss fewer days due to being sick. Proteus is able to come on-site to provide healthcare services around the worker’s schedules in order to not disrupt their work as much as possible.
Reach out to Proteus today to schedule a health clinic for your agricultural workers! Please call us at 1(800)372-6031 to get started.
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.
Iowa Clinic Locations
With our mission at the center of all we do, we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with flexibility and innovation.
We are able to test patients for COVID-19 and we currently have a limited number of at-home test kits available for distribution.
For more information regarding our COVID-19 response, please reach out to us at 1 (800) 372-6031.
Innovative Cohort Process to Minimize COVID-19 Infection for Migrant Farmworkers During Travel to Iowa
Target:BP Silver Achievement Level
Proteus, Inc. is dedicated to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol program will help us accomplish that by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis.
Meat Processing Workers Project
We all witnessed the disproportionate impact COVID-19 had on meat processing workers. There were higher proportionate positivity rates within meat processing facilities and higher mortalities within meat processing workers. There is an access to care need that Proteus can fulfill. Proteus intends to target meat processing workers for this project by providing a medical home to smaller meat processing facilities in a variety of counties.
Proteus intends to target meat processing workers for this project in Iowa, starting with a pilot project at two to three smaller meat processing facilities. Here is some data on meat processing workers (Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2020):
- 44.4% Hispanic/Latino
- 51.5% immigrants
- 25.1% of these workers live in households in which all of the members (age 14 or older) have limited proficiency in English
- 45.1% below 200% of Federal Poverty Guideline
- 12.4% below 100% of Federal Poverty Guideline
- 15.5% uninsured
About 9% of meat processing workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of July 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreaks across meat processing facilities, paired with a lack of health and safety to mitigate spread, caused meat processing workers to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 compared to the general population. Lack of access to testing and follow-up care also contributed to the health outcomes we saw in meat processing workers.
Proteus has received overwhelming support from funders interested in helping us launch this new initiative. Investors of this project include Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Delta Dental Foundation, Telligen Foundation, Bank of America, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and others.
This health center receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service and has federal public health service status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individual.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233 (g)-(n). Deeming applicable to malpractice liability coverage only.