Posts Categorized: General News

“I am Honduran”

Today we bring you a farmworker perspective. “I am Honduran”   We want you to know that this program is extremely important and special to us and has been very useful. The climatic changes, the diet, and the work causes abnormal reactions that frequently make the human body ill. The attention that you give us with such kindness is worthy of recognition; we are very satisfied with it. Every visit… read more »

“Through the eyes of a Farmworker”

In continuing with theme of reflections from both farmworkers and the MMHP team, today our thoughts include a few words and photos taken by our Medical Director, Cheryl Seymour, MD. “Through the eyes of a Farmworker” I like to think of these pictures as a few scenes through the eyes of the farm-workers we serve. Certainly there are many more scenes that I am unable to record: their view of… read more »

“Today, you are my Family”

Every year we celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week.  While we feel it is important to become more knowledgable about farmworkers lives, work and health throughout the year, we also like to take part of a nationwide effort to spread the word about what is happening in our own state of Maine.  We hope that this week can bring awareness and a glimpse of the work that MMHP does, as well… read more »

Film Screening: After I Pick The Fruit- The Lives Of Migrant Women

In a few weeks, the movie, After I Pick the Fruit- The Lives of Migrant Women will be screened in Maine.  We are very excited to be a sponsor alongside The Apple Farm, Lakeside Orchards, Colby College International Club, Railroad Square Cinema, and the Economic Justice Committee of First Congregational Church in Waterville. The screening will be held at Railroad Square Cinema (17 Railroad Square, Waterville) on Saturday, February 16,… read more »

World Aids Day 2012

2012 World AIDS Day Events in Maine WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th Wednesday, November 28: (12pm – 6pm) – Free Rapid HIV Testing 1 Spring St., Portland ME Get tested and get a free coffee gift card. For more information, call 207-749-6818 Hosted by Frannie Peabody Center. Wednesday, November 28: (6pm – 9pm) – Film Screening: “How to Survive a Plague” UNE Biddeford Campus, Alfond 106 The award winning documentary chronicles the… read more »

MMHP Teams-up with Local Folk Musician, Vanessa Torres

Recently, Vanessa Torres held a CD Release show for her new album “Without Sight” . As part of her performance, she collaborated with MMHP to create a slide show that paired images of migrant farm communities we serve with one of her songs, “Nameless.”  The slide show created is a photographic essay reflecting the wide range of migrant farmworkers who MMHP serves as an organization. The song itself highlights the working and living conditions of an often-times overlooked population. The slides used for the collaboration were part… read more »

March 25-31, 2012 is National Farmworker Awareness Week!

March 25-31, 2012 is National Farmworker Awareness Week! As we honor the work of farmworkers this week, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Migrant Health Act. This legislation which was signed into law by President Kennedy on September 25, 1962 not only established the family of programs that are now make up the 159 migrant health centers and programs across our country, but in fact gave birth to… read more »


The Affordable Care Act is changing the scene for health care across the country.  Here in Maine, there have also been changes to qualifications for MaineCare and other public benefits; some of which pertain specifically to immigrants.  The Maine Migrant Health Program is currently working on an outreach project to share information with farmworkers through support of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF).  This past summer we took our message on the road to hold informational… read more »

Cultural Perceptions of Health and the Use of Health Care Services Among Migrant Farm Workers in Maine

In 2010, Fabiola Ortiz received a fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Southern Maine (USM) to lead a research project focused on how members of the migrant and seasonal farmworker community views health and makes use of health related services available to them. With the help of MMHP this research project was conducted between fall 2010 and spring 2011.The goal of this research project was to obtain… read more »