In Georgia, agriculture contributes $73 billion to the economy. Communities like Moultrie depend heavily on migrant farmworkers to fuel its workforce. The work is grueling—14-hour days of manual labor in hot, humid conditions. With this type of work comes a number of routine illnesses and injuries like pesticide burns, muscle injuries, and back pain.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Judith Wold brought the Farmworker Family Health Program to Emory University to provide both medical assistance to farmers in need and hands-on skills training to undergraduate- and graduate-level students. For two weeks each year, Emory nurses partner with the Ellenton Clinic and work as members of interprofessional teams to apply essential skills learned in the classroom. Access to free healthcare services allows farmworkers to remain healthy and earn an income, while their children complete the required health screenings to enroll in school. In return, the community of Moultrie gains a reliable workforce to support a strong economy.
For the past two weeks, our nurses and nurse practitioners have been carrying out the vision of the Farmworker Family Health program and assuming the passion of Dr. Wold. Your support will make much-needed resources, such as boots, hygiene kits, equipment, and medication available to farmworkers while providing invaluable experience to Emory nursing students who represent the future of healthcare professionals.
We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our original project goal, but the need for your support remains. Give now to help farmworkers and their families!