By Tomoyo Kuriyama and Sarah Anderson
We just wrapped up our first week of the 2 week immersion in Moultrie, Georgia, where an interdisciplinary team of students are working to provide medical care to the migrant farm workers and their children. Each morning at 8am, we head to the local elementary school to do conduct well-child exams with the BSN students from Emory along with Physical Therapy students from Georgia State University, Pharmacy students from University of Georgia, dental hygienists, and volunteer interpreters. In the evenings, we head to different farms every day to provide episodic care to the farm workers from about 6pm-12:30am.
We arrived in Moultrie on Sunday! Unsure what to expect, anxiety quickly disappeared as we received a warm welcome from the community including the Mayor! Southern hospitality at it’s finest.
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students made sure we were up to speed before doing well-child visits at the local elementary school.
Camp quickly turns dark, but we are equipped with headlamps to assess many musculoskeletal, dermatological, and many eye complaints of the farm workers. Unfortunately these conditions are common as these workers spend long days in the field.
At the night camp, the BSNs, NPs, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy teams all set up their own stations. BSNs even provide a foot care station where they work one on one with the farm workers to care for their feet and address any specific conditions.
Having Pharmacists and Physical Therapists readily available for consultation and treatment is an invaluable asset to providing holistic care in a nontraditional environment.
Night camp is set up outside of the farm workers’ living quarters. Although it can be a beautiful view, we are vulnerable to the elements. One of the evenings this week, a thunderstorm descended in the midst of our night camp. We had to quickly relocate into a covered area and continue operations. Flexibility has truly been our motto for this trip thus far. Looking forward to what next week brings!