Providing Healthcare To The Children Of Migrant Farm Workers

Providing Healthcare To The Children Of Migrant Farm Workers


In south Georgia, the children of migrant farm workers receive healthcare during a week-long clinic operated as part of the Farm Worker Family Health Program. Nurse Maeve Howett, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, gives an overview of the clinic, what type of health problems the children typically have and what students learn from the volunteer experience. Howett is a a clinical assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. 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" Slide Show: "The Nursing Fields" Feature: "Going the extra mile, close to home"

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