Campus News

June 10, 2011

Nursing school sends largest group for migrant health program

More than 50 Emory nursing students and faculty will make the four-hour trek to Moultrie, in south Georgia, where they will spend two weeks dispensing health care and advice to farm workers and their families.

The Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Program has been one of the nursing school's signature service-learning projects since its inception in 1994. Emory nursing students have provided critical nursing care to more than 15,000 people through this one-of-a-kind program.

This year, the nursing school will be sending the largest group of students to date in this medically underserved community. The nursing students will examine children by day and set up mobile clinics to treat adult farm workers in the evening.

Many of Emory's nursing students and alumni say this unique program is a life-changing experience.

"I know our efforts are making an impact on the health of the farm workers and their children. I have always been service-oriented, but I've learned a deeper meaning of service while working with this program," says Emory alumni and program volunteer Laura Layne '05N-'06MN-'06PH.

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