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MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 21, 2016
The final days of harvest have arrived for much of the country. In North Dakota, farmworkers are struggling to pull out the sugar beet harvest amid heavy and unseasonable rainfall. Apple harvest -- one of the worst in recent years -- will wrap up soon in New York State. In California, the opposite is true. Slightly cooler weather in the Central Valley and a recent early rainstorm means farms are... Read More
Health Justice Black Panther Party
By: Jessica Harrington, Oct. 20, 2016
Fifty years ago, in October of 1966, the Black Panther Party (BPP) was formed in Oakland, California. While the group’s name is often equated with militance, the BPP has a long forgotten history in the fight for health justice. The organization was founded to give political leadership to, and provide defense for, the Black community who, despite recently obtaining their civil rights, were still... Read More
MCN Binational Health Week
By: Leslie Diaz, Oct. 19, 2016
By Leslie Diaz, Health Network AssociatePhotos by Abigayle Peka-Stansberry This year, Migrant Clinicians Network was able to have its hands directly involved in the celebration of National Hispanic Awareness Month in Austin, Texas through its oversight of the office of the Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) in the Mexican Consulate. The VDS office is geared toward education and services to... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 14, 2016
Today’s Five on Friday’s selections exemplify how urgent our work in migrant health and health justice really is. As record-breaking numbers of people set off from their homes in search of safer and healthier lives, issues around their mental and physical health -- both while on the journey and at their final destination -- come to the forefront. What articles did you read this week? Join the... Read More
mcn mercury contaminated face cream
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 12, 2016
In 2010, a California woman was diagnosed with mercury poisoning from an unknown source. She experienced symptoms so generic that they were hard to relate specifically to mercury: irritability, headaches, mood swings, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. The California Department of Public Health was called in to pinpoint the source. They interviewed the family using an extensive... Read More
mcn state workers comp is deteriorating
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 11, 2016
By Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Claire Hutkins Seda, Writer & Editor, Migrant Clinicians NetworkLast week, the Labor Department put out a report on state-based workers’ compensation rules.  The report calls for an increased federal role in workers’ comp to ensure that injured workers are provided with adequate insurance benefits to keep... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 7, 2016
You know what bugs me? When all my favorite bloggers remind me that I should really forgo the Snickers and buy Fair Trade candy for Halloween… on October 29th, when it’s impossible to find at the stores and far too late to order. I often think ahead to make sure my purchases line up with my values, and Halloween is no different. So, here is your official reminder! Pick up some Fair Trade... Read More
By: Tim Dunn, Oct. 6, 2016
[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint of a blog post from the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), a nonprofit organization with the mission “to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy - to foster knowledge beyond borders.” This post comes from their Border Wars column... Read More
mcn pharmaceutical trials in Latin America
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 5, 2016
Health justice issues come in many forms. Numerous barriers to accessing health insurance and quality care, issues in health equity, and the many social determinants of health result in certain segments of our population subjected to higher rates of disease, morbidity, and mortality simply due to their race, social standing, or profession. Such injustices also reach into the pharmaceutical world... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 30, 2016
This week, our offices mourned the loss of Health Network Associate, Ricardo Guerrero. It is hard to find the time for the grief and sadness that follows, as the pace of work has not slowed, and many migrants and clinicians continue to rely on us. Thank you for your patience and your continued support of MCN. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ricardo’s family. Here are some of the articles,... Read More