OPEN DOOR CLINIC RN Martha Redpath administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a worker at a Salisbury farm in late March as part of the clinic’s push to vaccinate as many farmworkers as they can.
Photo courtesy of Open Door Clinic
MIDDLEBURY — Most people see the COVID-19 vaccine as a ticket to freedom, travel and reconnecting with friends and loved ones after 14 months of pandemic-forced seclusion.
Consequently, the vaccine tends to be its own best advertisement. For the most part, “if you offer it, they will come.”
But not always.
There are hundreds of arms to jab at farms throughout Addison County. Yet those farmworkers’ busy schedules, a lack of transportation, and a reluctance by some migrant laborers to step outside the shadows all adds up to a challenging demographic to immunize from the coronavirus.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-based Open Door Clinic (ODC) has received a $14,594 grant through the Northeast Dental Foundation, money that Addison County’s free clinic will use in support of a University of Vermont study of the oral health of migrant workers. Migrant farm workers are among the heaviest users of the ODC, located on the Porter Medical Center campus off South Street. Other recipients from this latest round of Northeast Delta grants were: $5,000 to South Royalton School Clinic in South Royalton for general operating expenses, and $60,000 to the Vermont Head Start/Early Head Start...
MIDDLEBURY — With COVID-19 seemingly under control in Addison County, the Middlebury Open Door Clinic (ODC) may soon reopen its doors to area folks with little or no health insurance.
Meanwhile, the free clinic on the Porter Medical Center campus has seen a large spike in calls from people seeking to enroll in state or federally subsidized health insurance plans.
Melanie Clark is the ODC’s health care “navigator.” She helps people find affordable health insurance through Vermont Health Connect or other programs that meet their financial means.
Clark has been particularly busy during the COVID...
DR. LINN LARSON, right, pauses for a moment with two nurses in the medical clinic at the Casa Alitas migrant shelter in Tucson, Ariz. The Middlebury Family Health physician recently volunteered her medical expertise at the converted monastery that is helping new immigrant families at the southern border.
Photo courtesy of Linn Larson
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Linn Larson has treated scores of migrant farm workers during her two decades as a volunteer with Middlebury’s Open Door Clinic.
Concerned about the growing crisis at the United States’ southern border, Larson recently spent a 10-day “vacation” continuing her volunteer health care efforts — this time at a former monastery in Tucson, Ariz., that is providing essential services to hundreds of migrants each week who are fleeing violence and oppression in their native lands for the chance at a better life in America.
“I’ve gotten more interested in migrant health through my work...
MIDDLEBURY — The Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury enters 2019 on a high note, with two recent grant awards and a strategic plan that will sharpen the focus of the free medical service for the next three years.
The awards include a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation “Vermont Economic Justice” grant, and a $15,000 financial commitment from the Walter Cerf Community Fund.
Heidi Sulis, executive director of the ODC, said the grants will help the clinic boost its wide range of services to the underinsured and uninsured, including migrant farm workers and those who simply can’t afford basic...