Cesar Chavez

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to help Cesar's cause

"Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Environmental Health Program"

As an environmental health sanitarian, I was the coordinator of this Federally-funded program housed in the General Sanitation Division of the Texas Department of Health.

Major areas of focus were the establishment of farm labor housing facilities in areas of fresh vegetable and fruit production.  Also, Environmental Health surveys in migrant home-base cities and towns to show need for assistance in the form of grants and loans.
Referral for migrant health components in county health departments was started.
Colonias in need were identified and programs in community health nursing from School of Nursing at UTSA San Antonio, Texas.
Areas of fresh vegetable production in Texas were analyzed to show numbers of hands needed to harvest various types of crops.  This data was used to determine the size and scope of the farm labor housing facilities.
Started migrant education program in Southwest Independent School district in San Antonio during spring semester in 1969.  There is more, and more to be done.