“These workers and their families are the backbone of the agriculture industry. Their work is physically demanding, so providing this access to care is essential,” said Erin Ferranti, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, director of the FWFHP and assistant professor at the Emory School of Nursing. “This program can only thrive through partnership with innovative organizations focused on health equity, and Philips’ support not only helped us during this year’s two-week FWFHP, but will support the farmworkers throughout the year through the Ellenton Clinic.”
Federally funded through the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Ellenton Clinic is solely dedicated to agriculture workers and their families, providing primary healthcare for infants through adults. The Emory School of Nursing recently received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to purchase a mobile van to provide care to workers who have challenges visiting the clinic. Along with the Philips ultrasound and AEDs, Philips’ support will aid in the purchase of medical equipment to furnish the mobile van, enhancing health access to those most in need.
“We are always considering ways that we can address the health concerns of local migrant farmworkers, including resources to help bring care to them where they live and work,” said Leigh Hendley, director of the Ellenton Clinic. “Support from Philips, as well as the ultrasound equipment and the AEDs, will greatly expand our ability to offer services out in the community and supplement the care we provide in the clinic.”
“The Farm Worker Family Health Program is a great example of a community mobilizing to extend access to care to a vital and vulnerable population,” said Jeff DiLullo, chief region leader, Philips North America. “Access to care is at the core of our purpose at Philips. We seek partners like Emory University who share our commitment to improving health equity for underserved populations. The ongoing work at the Ellenton Clinic is impactful for the faculty, students, clinicians and, most importantly, the farmworkers.”
To learn more about the FWFHP visit here.