A grant from The Leon Levine Foundation is helping the Campbell University Community Care Clinic (CUCCC) deliver crucial healthcare services to farmworkers in Harnett, Duplin, Johnston and Sampson counties in eastern North Carolina.

“We are their only source of medical care,” Dr. Joseph D. Cacioppo (DO), chair of CUCCC’s Department of Community and Global Health, said in a press release. “Probably about 15,000 people in our catchment area are without healthcare, except for our ability to reach them with the mobile unit.”

Established in 2014, the volunteer-based clinic within the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is composed of physicians and physician assistants who oversee teams of medical, PA and pharmacy students. The clinic partners with NC Field, the NC Farmworker Program and local health departments to identify and establish relationships with farms employing migrant workers.

Some 150,000 migrant workers and their families reside in North Carolina each year, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Their work is oftentimes dangerous and physically demanding, and yet they face obstacles in accessing adequate healthcare.

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