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Sea Mar CHC - Other Community and Social Services
Healthcare for Homeless Program | Migrant Health Promotores Program | Community Services Department
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Promotores Program
Other Community Services




Who we are:

As a Migrant Health Center, Sea Mar works to ensure farmworkers have access to health care and health information. Farmworkers face many barriers to health care in general ranging from long work hours, lack of transportation, work hazards, migratory status and linguistic and cultural practices. Utilizing a Promotores Model, our Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Promotores Program recruits members of the agricultural community to serve as a bridge linking marginalized populations with health services & reducing barriers to care by taking linguistically and culturally appropriate health information and services to their communities.

What we do:

We bring linguistically and culturally appropriate health care services and health information to the farmworker community. The type of services and information varies throughout the year to ensure we meet the needs of both those who migrate annually and those who live here year round.
  • During high migrant season - mobile medical and mobile dental clinics at farms, farmworker camps and housing sites, and summer health fairs in which community agencies gather to provide culturally appropriate information and services.
  • During off-peak season- culturally-appropriate workshops, presentations and events to farms, housing sites and gathering spaces on critical health topics, ranging from diabetes prevention and TB to understanding the US health system and the importance of annual check-ups. New topics are being added regularly.

Serving as a bridge between the community and health services, we try to be responsive to the needs of the farmworker and the farm owner. Each year may differ but this is our general programmatic focus.

To ensure our farmworkers have access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services and information, Sea Mar has indigenous-speaking staff in the clinics and recruits indigenous-speaking promotores de salud (health promotors) who come from these same communities. By reaching out and listening to their needs, as well as continuing to identify and learn about these communities, Sea Mar's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Promotores Program is invested in building trust in these communities and continually looks for ways to better serve their needs.

Some information about our farmworkers:

Almost 30,000 farmworkers and their families live and work in Skagit and Whatcom county, at least part of the year. Most are from Mexico, with a high proportion (60-80%) who are indigenous from the rural southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, and Guatemala. In Skagit, the majority of our indigenous speak Mixtec and Triqui languages. In Whatcom, the majority are Mixtec and at least five different Guatemalan cultural communities (Aguacateco, Mam, Chalchiteco, Ixl, and Q’anjobal). As workers migrate yearly and others transition into year round residents, the demographics of our farmworkers continues to evolve. Other indigenous languages we know we have in the area are Nahuatl, Zapotec, Purepecha, and K’iche. Non-indigenous languages spoken by our farmworkers also include Punjabi, Nepali, Russian, Samoan, Vietnamese and Burmese.

Whatcom Office
Bellingham Medical
4455 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98226-8037

Promotores Coordinator:
Marcela Suarez
Cell: (360) 926-5708

Skagit office
1415 E Kincaid Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: 360-542-8939

Special Populations Program Manager
Colleen Pacheco, MIM, MPH
Office: (360) 542-8898


Office Hours:
Off-season: 8:00-5:00 pm
High-season: noon to 9:00 pm


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