By Robbin League and Kiersten Roesemann
The Moultrie Farmworker Program serves both migrant farmworkers and their children. Migrant farmworkers come here on a special visa called an H-2B visa which allows them to work on a farm in an area that was unable to hire residential workers. They fill an important gap in human capital and without them you’d be hungry. Oftentimes they leave their families and their home country and go months or even years without seeing them. In addition to emotional stress, they also face multiple challenges such as long work hours, sub-optimal working conditions, and limited access to healthcare. This benefits not only their families but your families across America.
The interdisciplinary team that comes to Moultrie for two weeks every summer seeks to alleviate some of the physical and emotional pressure that is inherent to these individuals. For some, this is the only interaction they will have with the healthcare system while they are in the United States. By the end of week 2 we were able to do more than 300 well-child exams, and provided episodic care about 300 farmworkers. While this is a small drop in the bucket, we hope to have alleviated some of the discomforts faced by this population during our time in Moultrie.
Each discipline was able to expand their cultural and clinical horizons during our time here and we feel grateful and humbled by this experience.