Offering Hope and Health Care to Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families

Students and faculty in a number of disciplines within Samford's College of Health Sciences provide health care, education and hope to migrant workers and their families in Alabama's Chandler Mountain area through the East Coast Migrant Head State Center, the Migrant Summer School in Steele, Alabama and two road side clinics for adults.

According to those to participate, it is often unclear who benefits most from these activities—the individuals served or the students and faculty who volunteer. Students gain valuable insight into what it’s like caring for vulnerable populations and they learn work together to solve complex problems. For many, it’s a mission trip less than an hour away from campus. Students think outside of hospital walls and traditional clinics and learn to rely on their skills and knowledge to serve an often overlooked population.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

June 23, Open Opportunity

Participate in East Coast Migrant Head State Center's orientation by serving at a booth, distributing health, safety and other education information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to local children and their parents.

July 12 and July 14, Communication Sciences and Disorders

The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be offering hearing screenings.

July 13, Open Opportunity

Volunteer with a Health Screening/Fair that will be held in the evening (4-8 p.m.) for parents of Head Start children as well as for Head Start staff.

July 13, Open Opportunity

Volunteer to provide physical examinations for the migrant children attending the “Migrant School” at Ashville Middle School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 11, Communication Sciences and Disorders

The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be offering hearing screenings at the Head Start Center.

Either September 22 or September 29, Multiple Departments

Many departments will participate in the Literacy Festival at the Head Start Center. We will provide health screening and education to those in attendance.

For more information about these and additional service opportunities, please contact Cyndi Cortes, professor in Samford's Ida Moffett School of Nursing.