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Migrant Clinicians Network's Blog



migrant and son in poor housing
By: Anonymous, Jun. 29, 2016
[Editor’s note: This blog was written by Farmworker Justice. Farmworker Justice is a national farmworker advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. FJ’s blog, Harvesting Justice, can be found here.] For many farmworkers, home is not a welcome refuge after a long day in the fields. Often poorly maintained and overcrowded, their homes may in fact add to their stress. While there are relatively few... Read More
boat on the water at sunset
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 28, 2016
Over the weekend, Migrant Clinicians Network hosted its biannual Board of Directors in-person meeting in muggy Austin, Texas. The big news out of the meeting is the change in board members, as we welcomed three new talented and enthusiastic members, and said goodbye to three well loved and hardworking board members. Emma Zavala-Suarez, JD, Bruce Gould, MD, FACP, and Kristine McVea, MD, MPH... Read More
Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 24, 2016
Happy first weekend of summer! Before you grab the swim goggles and the beach towels, why not peruse the top five recommendations from MCN staff? We collect relevant news, resources, and announcements to keep you updated in the world of migrant health.  Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, was dismayed to read that anyone would try to limit a farmworker from knowing that... Read More
people holding hands in front of supreme court
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 23, 2016
Today, the US Supreme Court Justices were split 4-4 in US v. Texas, the case deciding on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. With the split vote, the lower court’s ruling against the immigration programs stands.  The decision effectively halts the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA... Read More
Clinician with medication
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 22, 2016
Are clinicians sufficiently equipped to handle the effects of Zika virus on patients in their clinics? At last month’s 2016 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health in Portland, Oregon, Migrant Clinicians Network went directly to clinicians from across the country to determine the degree to which health care providers are concerned about and prepared to address Zika -- and the answers aren’t... Read More
Red cross next to capitol building
By: Anonymous, Jun. 20, 2016
[Editor’s note: This guest blog post is from Nicole Burda, Deputy Director of Government Relations at the American Public Health Association (APHA).] On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the first Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bipartisan spending bill in seven years. The bill is an important step forward in the process, but more... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 17, 2016
Happy Friday! We’re looking forward to a quiet weekend as we round out another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network. Here are some resources and updates that we found useful and insightful -- hope you do, too.  Jillian, Director of Education and Professional Development, recommends the National Eye Institute’s bulk eye health education resources. Candace forwarded on Moms’... Read More
Agricultural Workers
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 16, 2016
A new policy research brief released in May explored how migrant health centers and their patients are faring under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- and their conclusions are encouraging, but mixed. The brief, completed by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, reviewed the most recent data from health centers on their migratory and seasonal agricultural worker... Read More
Rainbow candle
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 15, 2016
Health is at the center of every crisis, be it natural disaster, a violent battle, or a mass shooting. On Sunday, as the scene at the deadliest mass shooting in American history at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub unfolded, the health needs of the victims were at the center.  But the health repercussions of this event isn’t limited to just those few hours of carnage or even to those directly... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 14, 2016
Puerto Rico is in the midst of a Zika virus outbreak, and health centers are scrambling to keep up in their fight against the virus. Last week, Migrant Clinicians Network facilitated a joint call between three health centers in Puerto Rico and the Primary Care Association, to determine the strongest methods of collaboration to benefit their patient populations in light of the spread of the... Read More