MHP Salud provides culturally-appropriate health education and outreach and sustainable community development to farmworker, migrant, border, and/or other underserved or isolated communities throughout the nation. Through increased knowledge and skill building, individuals and families will be empowered to live healthy lives.
MHP Salud is known as the national leader for farmworker and migrant families, in health promotion, guiding program development, advocacy and national policy.
Promotores and Promotoras offer information and support to community members of their own socioeconomic background, language and culture. By doing so, they put forth the winning strategy at the heart of MHP Salud’s programs and vision. All programs apply the Promotor(a) concept to isolated farmworker labor camps and rural areas, including border communities. Farmworkers and community members participate in health training and share what they have learned with their families and peers. The results are powerful. Trained Promotores(as) bring information, resources, confidence and improved access to services to their communities.
Since its inception in 1983, MHP Salud has worked with farmworkers and their rural communities to improve health and increase access to care. Developing and implementing innovative health promotion programs with a firm commitment to collaboration and resource-sharing have remained key organizational strategies. The National Migrant Worker Council, Inc., an association of Catholic sisters, religious leaders and volunteers, originally shaped this vision out of their commitment to improving the health of farmworkers. With a small grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Council conducted a community assessment with farmworkers in the Midwest and designed the original Migrant Health Services Directory and the Camp Health Aide Program.