Helping Recent Arrivals (2008)

Emory nurses working with migrant workers

Each summer, students and faculty in nursing and the physician assistant training program make a three-hour trek to Moultrie, Georgia, to provide care to migrant workers and their families.

For two weeks, they work with community partners such as the Ellenton Clinic in Colquitt County to provide physical examinations and health screenings. They go where the farmworkers live and work, setting up shop in their fields and at apartment complexes and trailer parks. And they work night and day to serve this often invisible population, most of whom live in abject poverty.

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Outreach for Earlier Screening

Helping Recent Arrivals

Emergency Rooms and Air Pollution

Nursing students also make important contributions through a service-learning project that helps them learn to work with Atlanta's diverse community of immigrants or refugees who speak little or no English and who have very different cultural views and experiences concerning health care. In clinical and community settings, for example, faculty member Elizabeth Downes and the student nurses teach the immigrants about how Westerners view body odor, the importance of hand-washing, how to use a toothbrush, how to understand medication dosages, and what necessitates calling 911. In working with these vulnerable populations, the students gain knowledge, understanding, and respect that serves the newcomers well. This work also will serve to make the students more aware and empathetic nurses, no matter where they end up practicing.

Social worker Rebecca Sizemore with child

Social worker Rebecca Sizemore directs CLIMB (children’s lives include moments of bravery), a new support program in the Winship Cancer Institute for children with parents  who have been diagnosed with cancer. Parents do not need to be Emory patients for their children to participate.