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Increasing the Delivery of Health Care Services to Migrant Farm Worker Families Through a Community Partnership Model

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Ann Connor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Office 308, 1520 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322-4027. E-mail: aconnor@emory.edu

Abstract

ABSTRACT The Farm Worker Family Health Program (FWFHP) is a 13-year community partnership model designed to increase delivery of health care services for migrant farm worker families. During a yearly 2-week immersion experience, 90 students and faculty members provide health care services, including physical examinations, health screenings, health education, physical therapy, and dental care for 1,000 migrant farm workers and migrant children. Students and faculty members gain a deeper appreciation of the health and social issues that migrant farm worker families face by providing health care services in the places where migrant families live, work, and are educated. Although the model is not unique, it is significant because of its sustained history, interdisciplinary collaboration among community and academic partners, mutual trust and connections among the partners, and the way the program is tailored to meet the needs of the population served. The principles of social responsibility and leadership frame the FWFHP experience. This community partnership model can be replicated by others working with at-risk populations in low-resource settings.

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