Bryan Williams, lead researcher and associate professor at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, monitored live births to Georgia-resident mothers ages 11-53 and the test results for all three components of the Criterion-referenced Competency Test (CRCT) for first graders in Georgia public schools. The aim was to determine the association between late preterm births – birth between 36-37 weeks' gestation – and first grade standardized test scores. The findings suggested that preterm birth and low maternal education increase a child's risk of failure of first grade standardized testing scores.
Each summer, Emory students and faculty in nursing and the physician assistant training program make a three-hour trek to Moultrie, Georgia, to provide care to migrant workers and their families. Additional students and faculty come in from other Atlanta and Georgia colleges and universities.
For two weeks, they work with community partners such as the Ellenton Clinic in Colquitt County to provide physical examinations and health screenings. They go where the farmworkers live and work, setting up shop in their fields and at apartment complexes and trailer parks. And they work night and day to serve this often invisible population, most of whom live in abject poverty.