Georgia State University is the home of the oldest accredited Physical Therapy program in the state of Georgia. Students gain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree after three intensive years of graduate study. Georgia State Physical Therapy Students have traveled to Moultrie to participate in the Family Farmworker Health Program for the past 15 years. This is a multi-disciplinary program including students from Emory, UGA, and several other colleges. It is a great opportunity for GSU DPT students to work with an under-served population, apply the skills learned in the classroom, collaborate and interact with various other healthcare disciplines toward a common goal.
Each year Georgia State University’s Department of Physical Therapy students travel to Moultrie, GA to work for the Farmworker Family Health Program. This year, 12 second-year graduate students will be making the trip to South Georgia the second week of June where they will conduct screening exams of the children of migrant workers during the daytime and treat the migrant workers and family members when they finish their work each evening. This opportunity allows students to apply principles learned in their first two years of course work to real world experiences, while helping the under-served migrant worker population.
Farm workers tend to sustain many injuries on the job from harvesting produce and lifting heavy loads repeatedly. Along with education on injury prevention and proper body mechanics, many of these workers lack the resources to help them in their healing process such as ice packs, ACE bandages, braces and other basic medical supplies to aid in their recovery and prevent re-injury. Some even lack basic necessities such as work boots and socks to protect them in the fields, and pillows for sleeping. We are seeking your help to raise funds to cover the cost for transportation and lodging associated with traveling to Moultrie. Our goal of $4,550 will help cover these costs to reduce the financial burden placed on the participating students. Your support will also help provide supplies for the workers and their families. Any additional funds raised will continue to assist with transportation, meals and additional supplies for the workers. By making a gift, you will help enhance the educational experience for the Georgia State Physical Therapy students and make a meaningful impact on the migrant workers who are participating in the Family Farmworker Health Program.