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Farm Worker Project

The Emory PA Program is proud of its history of collaboration with 
The South Georgia Farmworker Health Project

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2017 Project -

In just two weeks, Emory's interdisciplinary approach to service learning made it possible to provide health services for 1,531 patients. The team included 50 Emory physician assistant students, 50 Emory physical therapy students, 25 Emory medical students, 25 Valdosta State University marriage and family therapy students, 30 Mercer University physician assistant students, 25 Bainbridge College nursing students, and 41 spanish and creole medical interpreters.


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About the Project

The South Georgia Farmworker Health Project has become an important service-learning component of the PA Program, providing free care to over 1,500 farmworkers and their families in pop-up clinics each June. The Project seeks to not only provide care to the medically underserved, but to also increase the students’ awareness of the global food system and fair food policies. The Project gives all those involved a better understanding of food production and its impact on our society.

Founded in 1996 by Tom Himelick, PA-C, MMSc, the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project was developed in in collaboration with the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA) and The Georgia Farmworker Health Program (State Office of Primary Care). The initial one week pop-up clinic provided care to 150 farmworkers.

The growth of the Project has documented the need for free medical services in South Georgia, and has contributed to the expansion of on-going services for farmworkers in Echols, Lowndes and Decatur counties. We celebrate our partnership with the Decatur County Health Department in growing the program.

Our Partners

Our efforts in South Georgia would not be possible without the assistance of our many dedicated partners. We greatly appreciate the organizations, individuals, and companies that have joined us in providing care to this underserved population. Please take a moment to learn more about our partners.


2003 Finalist-Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.

2010 AAPA-American Academy of Physician Assistants Award

2011 Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program of the Year


"In the Field with the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project", Emory Alumni Newsletter

"Field Clinics", Emory Medicine Newsletter Spring 2015

"Delivering HealthCare in the Field", PA Professional December 2009

Social Media

SGFHP Facebook Page

Teen Corps Facebook Page

Would you like to make a donation?

Medications, vitamins, clothing and other items (i.e., sunglasses, caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste) have been graciously donated by corporate partners in the past. This is an ongoing need for the project.  For more information on items needed or to offer a donation, please contact us at the PA Program office.

"Field of Dreams": a students' reflection 

Morning Cup of Hope volunteers

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