In collaboration with the MHSI seasonal staff and community providers, the diabetes staff provides prevention screenings, evening clinics, individual and group educational sessions, and referrals to community providers.
At two MHSI clinics, a WIC coordinator provides services to migrant families.
Services provided by the Prenatal Coordinator include supporting the prenatal nurse at each MHSI seasonal satellite nurse-managed center and making referrals to community agencies and federal programs (C.
A Chemical Dependency Coordinator provides services such as support groups for teens and adults, case management, chemical dependency assessments, community referrals, referrals for inpatient and outpatient treatment and follow-up, and continuing education for MHSI staff (18).
Besides providing interpretive services, many are well aware of the lifestyle of migrant farmworkers and serve as mentors to MHSI staff who may be unfamiliar with the Hispanic culture.
Through the years, many MHSI nurses have encouraged BHOs to consider furthering their education in a health care field.
In keeping with this philosophy of community education, MHSI staff members provide learning experiences for graduate and undergraduate students from area colleges and universities that represent nursing, medicine, and nutrition.
Nursing students participate on a variety of levels in MHSI centers, from observation to active participation.
Students are also offered the unique experience of working within the MHSI voucher system, one of the very few such programs in the United States.
On a more advanced level, students expand their managerial skills through participation in retrospective chart audits and data analysis as part of the MHSI Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
Research is an integral part of the MHSI Diabetes Program, which allows students to learn about the researcher role in community health nursing.
MHSI also plays a key role in providing continuing education to the seasonal nursing staff, community health providers, and students in health care disciplines.