Migrant Farm Workers: Hardworking & Medically Underserved

Migrant Farm Workers: Hardworking & Medically Underserved


Judith L. Wold, director of the Farm Worker Family Health Program, describes the health problems faced by migrant workers like those who are served by the program, which since 1993 has provided health care or migrant farm workers and their families on site at farmers in south Georgia. Migrant workers and their children frequently lack medical and dental care and come to clinics with severe dental problems, malnutrition, foot problems, skin rashes, and other issues which require attention. Related Video: Farm Worker Family Health Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRlgL-f7doQ About the Farm Worker Family Health Program Each summer, Emory students and faculty in nursing and the physician assistant training program make a three-hour trek to Moultrie, Georgia, to provide care to migrant workers and their families. Additional students and faculty come in from other Atlanta and Georgia colleges and universities. For two weeks, they work with community partners such as the Ellenton Clinic in Colquitt County to provide physical examinations and health screenings. They go where the farmworkers live and work, setting up shop in their fields and at apartment complexes and trailer parks. And they work night and day to serve this often invisible population, most of whom live in abject poverty. Related Links Article: "The Nursing Fields" http://whsc.emory.edu/home/publications/nursing/emory-nursing/fall2008/nursing-fields.html Slide Show: "The Nursing Fields" http://whsc.emory.edu/home/multimedia/slideshows/nursing-fields.html Feature: "Going the extra mile, close to home" http://whsc.emory.edu/home/publications/health-sciences/community-benefits-2009/local/index.html

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