Emory PA Students Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week and Prepare for June Outreach

In honor of National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 25-31), first year Emory PA students, faculty, and staff rolled up their sleeves and began sorting clothing donations and items needed to assemble 2,000 personal care kits that will be distributed to migrant and seasonal farmworkers.  Our goal for the Emory Program’s upcoming South Georgia Farmworker Health Project (SGFHP) (June 8 – 21) is to provide each farmworker patient with assorted toiletry items, a dental hygiene kit, a new pair of work gloves, and protective eyewear. Through the generous “Be the CHANGE” grant awarded to the Emory PA Program by the NCCPA Health Foundation we are able to provide each patient with a pair of new cotton socks to prevent foot infections that farmworkers are at risk of developing because they often stand in wet fields for many hours.

Now in its 24th year, the SGFHP has grown into an exemplar of interprofessional training and collaboration providing free medical and dental care to over 2,000 migrant and seasonal farmworker and their families.

Want to help?  We would appreciate donations of new personal-sized toiletry items including shampoo (but not conditioner), soap, disposable razors, deodorant, washcloths, combs and hairbrushes, mouthwash and sunscreen.  Please consider setting up a collection box in your office. The Emory PA Program will arrange for pickup of your donations and we will get right to work assembling the kits for our farmworker patients!

For more information, please e-mail Javar White javar.white@emory.edu or Erin Lepp, PA-C elepp@emory.edu

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