Farm Worker Family Health Program (FWFHP)
The Farm Worker Family Health Program is an inter-professional, immersive learning collaboration that addresses urgent primary health care needs of migrant farmworkers and their families while providing students invaluable educational training and service-learning experience.
Since its inception 28 years ago, the FWFHP has served more than 15,000 workers and their children. Each year, vitally needed clinical services are provided to the 600+ individuals who would likely go without health care. In an intensive, low resource outreach setting that also serves as part of the clinical training programs of the participating universities, students and faculty in the health professions deliver preventative and episodic health care in a two-week period each summer.
The Farm Worker Family Health Program brings critical health services directly to farmworkers and their families during the summer months when the migrant population is at its peak in Georgia.
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How Does Emory Help?
Utilizing students and faculty in the health professions, preventative and episodic health care is delivered in a two-week period each summer in an intensive outreach setting that also serves as part of the students’ clinical training. Participants include Emory School of Nursing (which prepares graduate nurse practitioners and undergraduate nurses in rural health), physical therapy programs, dental hygiene programs, and pharmacy programs. These students, who obtain service learning clinical hours in rural health, gain invaluable clinical and cultural insights while delivering important community-based health services to an underserved group where they are most needed and where the population is most accessible: in the fields, camps, and school setting.
After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, we are excited to be a part of the Summer Immersion Experience again in June 2021.
Why Your Support Matters
Farmworkers are among the most poverty-stricken people in this country, yet they are responsible for the fruits and vegetables we serve on our tables. Our program provides hygiene kits, medications, gently used clothing, and other items for workers and their families. Your support can help raise funds to purchase these supplies. A gift of any amount will make a difference.
Please join us in providing the resources needed for the Farm Worker Family Health Program to support and serve the backbone of Georgia’s agriculture industry.