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Students and faculty offer health screenings for farmworkers

Every summer, the Augusta University College of Nursing hosts an interdisciplinary student-run health fair providing free personalized and preventative health screenings, education and services to farmworkers in rural South Carolina. This outreach program brings together teams of expert health care providers to identify community health care needs and increase access to care.

On Friday, students return to the farm for the 13th annual Costa Layman Health Fair, under the direction of Dr. Pam Cromer, director of Costa Layman Outreach Programs.   Over the years, the program has provided more than 5,000 screenings.

Media interviews are available from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Friday, June 29.

Hundreds of farm employees will have access to bilingual health information and screenings, including lab work; skin, vision, dental, respiratory, blood pressure, HIV and bone density screenings; nutrition counseling; and occupational and physical therapy.

In addition to students, faculty and alumni of the College of Nursing, screenings are supported by the Medical College of Georgia, Dental College of Georgia, College of Allied Health Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventative Health, the Ryan White Program, the Augusta University Summerville Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and Recruitment Divisions, as well as local community leaders and volunteers.

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Sara Carney

Sara Carney is Communications Specialist in the College of Nursing at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-4094 or scarney@augusta.edu.