The caravan pulls out of a Moultrie hotel at 7 p.m., heading for a nearby farm.
Inside the chain of vehicles are dozens of university students who are learning to be nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, dental hygienists and pharmacists. They are joined by volunteers and faculty members who are veteran health care professionals.
Sharon Quinn, RN, of Atlanta leads the procession onto rural roads outside the South Georgia town, and eventually down a dirt road, past a dirt basketball court, stopping in a lot between a barracks and a cantina. It’s a camp for workers at a huge, privately owned vegetable farm.
Quinn, 51, has been taking these trips to farms in the area for several years. She is a veteran of Emory University Hospital’s intensive care unit who recently switched to the health IT field. She takes two weeks of vacation each year to help oversee an Emory program for students in health care professions, who come to Moultrie to treat farmworkers and their children in a four-county area.
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Georgia Health News, June 20, 2012