From the ground up: Philips’ access-to-care commitment and a community-led program help to advance health equity for migrant farmworkers
For Brandon Magno, helping Georgia’s migrant farmworker community is not just a professional calling – it’s personal. Growing up in a rural community, Brandon witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by seasonal farmworkers. His own mother and her family worked in different fields, such as grapes, onions, garlic, carrots, oranges, cucumbers, peaches, and wherever work was available among the seasons.
Today, Brandon is a nurse practitioner student at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where he participates in its Farm Worker Family Health Program (FWFHP). With FWFHP, he taps into his personal experience and helps provide a vital lifeline to one of our nation's most vulnerable communities.
With the largest migrant population in the state of Georgia, Colquitt, Tift, Brooks and Cook counties serve a community of seasonal farmworkers who are indispensable to the agricultural industry – and how our country is fed. Working up to 16 hours a day in extreme heat with heavy machinery, these workers can experience many healthcare hazards. This large and transitory population also encounters daunting barriers to healthcare, including communication gaps and lack of insurance and transportation. As we learn from Brandon’s story, meaningful access to care and lasting change is possible for these vulnerable populations when committed partners come together for the greater good.