Released on April 11, 2022

For the first time since the pandemic, the clinic has returned to in-person services at full capacity.

A UCF health sciences student takes a selfie of a group of UCF nursing, medical, health sciences students at the first in-person, interdisciplinary Apopka Farmworkers Clinic since the start of the COVID-19 andemic.
Student and faculty volunteers from various health disciplines help serve patients at the clinic.

Students from various health-related programs are once again teaming up to provide health screenings and resources to a population of underserved farmworkers in Apopka, Florida. By working together, students learn what it means to put the patient at the center of care and to rely on various health professionals to bring their area of expertise to facilitate a more comprehensive approach to wellness.

The Apopka Farmworkers Clinic had paused, reduced capacity and transitioned services to virtual care due to concerns of COVID-19 transmission. The clinic reopened at full capacity March 31 and will continue to provide quarterly services. The clinic is run by student and faculty volunteers from various health disciplines to improve the health and wellness of this underserved population. Volunteers from UCF’s programs in nursing, physical therapy, medicine and social work, as well as students from the UF pharmacology program were available to screen patients and offer guidance and resources for patients.

“We have been running the Apopka clinic consistently since 2016. And although the last two years we had to alter the way we engaged with patients, we were still able to help,” says Heather Peralta, a faculty member from the UCF College of Nursing who has been spearheading this volunteer effort since its inception.

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