Skip Navigation

Forum on Immigrant Health

FarmworkerOn September 9th, Emory PA students joined over 180 students, faculty and participants from across the university in a forum on unauthorized immigrant health and well-being. The forum is a collaborated effort of students and faculty in the schools of medicine, law, business, theology and public health, and departments of history, anthropology, and Latin American and Caribbean studies.

 The event is inspired by the lack of legal knowledge medical professionals have for interacting with unauthorized immigrants, as well as by the lack of general understanding of this population's access to medical and health services. The total US population of unauthorized immigrants is currently 11 million people.

 Presentations and panel discussion were geared towards better preparing health care and other professionals for the challenges of working in a complicated legal environment and to foster informed decision-making.

 speakers included:

Bill Warren - pediatrician and founder/CEO of the Good Samaritan Clinic in Atlanta

Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy - 45 years experience as humanitarians and social workers out of the Catholic Church of Chicago

Seth Holmes - physician and medical anthropologist in San Francisco who spent 5 years working as a migrant farmer before writing "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies."

Jodie Guest - director of HIV research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and epidemiologist at the South Georgia Farmworker Project

 Polly Price  - Emory law professor specializing in immigration law who spent the summer on an immigrant health fellowship on the Mexico – U.S. Border

Marie Marquardt – Emory theology scholar and author of “Living Illegal”

CDC representative of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine - which is involved with immigrant health screening, and assessing infectious disease and other immigrant health trends  

The meeting was organized by PA student Elizabeth Willets


To be involved in Emory's Health Organization for Latin America (HOLA), please contact Amanda Santander (

Contact Us