June 22, 2011
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Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

VSU Assists with the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University’s Council on Staff Affairs and faculty members from different departments have teamed up with the Emory School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Division for the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project.

An annual event, the farmworker health project is held every June to provide free health care for South Georgia farmworkers and their families. The seven-day event began Friday, June 17, and ends Thursday, June 23.

Emory students, VSU staff and faculty members and other volunteers have set up several mini-clinics in Lake Park throughout the week.

“The clinics provide general health screenings, as well as STD testing and pediatric check-ups,” said, Dr. Miryam Espinosa from the Modern and Classical Languages Department. “Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers from the Women and Gender Studies program has also been instrumental in setting up stations that provide free clothes and food.”

Espinosa added that the patients receive referrals to local physicians for health services that are not available at the mini-clinics.

The project will conclude Thursday with a nine-hour mini-clinic at Moreno plaza in Lake Park.

For more information about the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project, visit http://www.emorypa.org/farmworker.htm .