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MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 21, 2017
 By the time I wake up to go to work, agricultural workers in fields around the country have been bending over rows of plants and lifting crates of produce for a few hours already.  While I come home ready to make dinner, agricultural workers come home with aching bodies that need to be rinsed of the pesticide residues, dirt, and sweat that remain of the day, before they can transition... Read More
Tom Laffay, Ilana Weiss, Deliana Garcia and Jason Glaser in Texas
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 19, 2017
Border wall in Brownsville, Texas. Photograph by Tom Laffay for La Isla Network. Along the Texas-Mexico border, the scorching summer sun is merciless. In McAllen, Texas, the average high for the entire month of July so far has been 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Last week, Deliana Garcia, MA, Director of International Relations, Research, and Development, and her colleagues at the La Isla Network... Read More
National Conference 2017 Ventanilla de Salud
By: Leslie Diaz, Jul. 18, 2017
 [Editor’s Note: In the midst of a heated congressional election fight last month, MCN’s Leslie Diaz, Health Network Associate, headed to Atlanta, Georgia for the Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) annual conference, where over 60 representatives from across the nation gathered to share their insights as VDS outposts, housed within each Consulate General of Mexico. At VDS Austin, Leslie represents... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 14, 2017
 July is prime picnic time. What do you have in your basket? After you spread out the blanket and the fixings, you can take a minute to relax and read some updates in health justice for the mobile poor, as recommended by MCN staff.Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems and Women’s Health, shared the new book, “Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas,” in which author and refugee Liliana... Read More
mcn streamline spring summer 2017
By: Rob Corona, Jul. 12, 2017
 [Editor's Note: Picture this: A woman arrives in South America from the US, and heads to the doctor. She's midway through her treatment for active tuberculosis -- until the doctor tells her she's fine and can stop treatment early. If you're a Health Network Associate, this situation would make you very, very concerned. This scenario happened recently to Rob Corona. Here is his story,... Read More
Summer = Tomatoes! How to Keep Tomato Workers Safe and Healthy
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 11, 2017
 For many of us, the quintessential taste of the summer season is a ripe tomato. The fruits of this summer treat are now lining the produce aisles at grocery stores around the country. But as many of us in rural areas know, tomatoes require labor-intensive care by agricultural workers at every stage of production, like planting out seedlings, staking, harvesting, and packing. Throughout the... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 7, 2017
 Whew, it’s hot out there. Time to head to the lake or the pool or the beach… Wherever you take refuge from the heat, be sure to bring along some good reading about health justice. Here are a few suggestions from MCN staff: Karen, CEO, sent last week’s New York Times article that features MCN. How could we forget to include it in last week’s Five on Friday?  Well, here it is, a... Read More
Ricardo Garay with Premiere Care Award
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 6, 2017
Ricardo Garay (left) with Premiere Cares AwardThis week, we say goodbye to Ricardo Garay, our longtime Health Network Manager, as he heads to a new and very exciting position with the Dell Medical School at University of Texas, Austin, where he will be the program manager for the Department of Population Health’s Division of Community Outreach and Health Equity. Garay is thrilled to be working so... Read More
man spraying pesticides on plants
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 5, 2017
 Last month, we wrote about a pesticide poisoning that sickened over 50 agricultural workers in Bakersfield; the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos is thought to be responsible. A month later and 200 miles further north, another pesticide poisoning was reported in a local California paper, in Monterey. This time, all 18 workers who felt nauseated and dizzy went to the emergency room where... Read More
Dr. Marc Schenker
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 4, 2017
 In June, after a decades-long career dedicated to improving the lives and health of agricultural workers, Marc Schenker, MD, MPH, is celebrating his retirement. Dr. Schenker is the founding director and current co-director of University of California, Davis’s Migration and Health Research Center, which focuses on improving the health of migrant communities through migrant health research... Read More
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