There are a lot of ways college students can spend their summers. For those select few in the Clayton State University Dental Hygiene program, the summer of 2013 marked the sixth consecutive year of serving in Moultrie, Colquitt County, Ga., as part of the Farm Workers Families Health Program (FWFHP).
Two Clayton State faculty members, Joanna Harris, who coordinates this volunteer opportunity, and Brittany Guyton, supervised eight Clayton State dental hygiene students in providing free oral health screenings, preventative dental sealants, health education, and donated dental products to an underserved population.
The Clayton State students taking part in the program were; Danielle Ashby (Cartersville), Christine Baptiste (McDonough), Ashleigh Cole (Buford), Alycia Findley (Stockbridge), Lisa Gillis (Morrow), Kajal Patel (Savannah), Yenory Villada (Duluth), and Abri Yisrael (Loganville). During their week in Moultrie the students were able to treat 90 children and place 255 sealants, and educate many men and women at local farms.
FWFHP is a federally funded program designed to provide primary health care to farm workers and their families, and is operated through the Ellenton Rural Health Clinic in Colquitt County, which serves Colquitt, Cook, Tift, and Brooks counties. Each year, Clayton State joins and collaborates with nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, and dental hygiene students and faculty from Emory University, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, and Darton College to provide needed healthcare services over the course of a two-week period.