"'This was a better experience than I expected. The farm workers are very humble and appreciative. I wish we were here for a longer time." -Alejandra Mendez, BSN Candidate '17
"I joined the program to give back to a population that provides so much, but I ended up receiving so much more." -Kari Burdzinski, BSN Candidate '18
"It's great to see how much good we are doing now. I would love to see how this program continues to grow in the coming years." -Taryn Connelly, BSN Candidate '17
"Thank you Moultrie, and all the staff members, for providing us with an invaluable experience." -Ashley Rim, BSN Candidate '17
"I am eager to take all the experiences and knowledge I gained through this trip to help vulnerable populations in the future." -Karime Parra, BSN Candidate '17
"Sometimes the best medicine isn’t medicine at all, but just some love and attention to let them know that someone cares." -Jamie Smith, BSN Candidate '18
"This trip taught me to be open to change." -Cathy Wei, BSN Candidate '18
"The best moments down in Moultrie happened when we were able to break down language barriers and share genuine laughter with the hardworking men we were caring for." -Halle Sovich, BSN Candidate '18
"It's incredible to see how choosing to make a small difference can make a huge difference in someone else's life." -Jennifer Zhang, BSN Candidate '17
Emory Nursing in South Georgia: Giving and getting
July 6, 2016
Each summer, Emory students and faculty 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. Starting in 1996 with eight students, three faculty, and one physician, the Farmworker Family Health Program has evolved into a service-learning project that includes more than 200 students, faculty members, and community volunteers.
As the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's participation in the program goes back two decades, many of the Emory participants are students in the nursing program. The nursing volunteers examine children by day and set up mobile clinics to treat adult farm workers in the evening. Often the care received in the program may be the only health care the workers and their families members receive the entire year. The most common ailments faced by farm workers are muscle strains, back problems, urinary tract infections, dental problems, skin rashes and eye infections. Emory student nurses also conduct health screenings for migrant children.
During this year's program, the Nursing Now blog nursing students logged their experiences online, complete with pictures, in a series of posts, including: