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MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 1, 2017
 Thank you to the migrant laborers across the country -- agricultural workers, custodians, construction workers -- who are often overlooked during our Labor Day festivities but make up an essential part of our economy and our culture. Here are a few articles that were recommended by MCN staff this week. Enjoy your three-day weekend! 1 Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks SB4, Texas Law... Read More
baby's feet
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 30, 2017
 Maria* is a two-month-old patient at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Puerto Rico. It’s time for her two-month vaccinations -- but her doctor is hesitant. Maria had congenital Zika, which resulted in neonatal epilepsy at six days old. She’s been hospitalized three times for her seizures. She is currently taking Topiramate and Valproate, but her most recent seizure was just four days... Read More
Liliana Velásquez
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 29, 2017
 “One of the narcos pistol-whipped me on the head, because he wanted my backpack to see if there was money inside. He said, ‘We need you to turn all of your money over to us.’ Then they threw all of us out of the car, beat and kicked the men, and threw me on the ground. Finally, they left us in the mountains, outside of Tuxtla -- we didn’t know where we were. “When the narcos went away, I... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 25, 2017
 The kids are headed back to school, some for the first time. But the first timers aren’t just the photo-ready Kindergarteners, with colorful backpacks and superhero lunchboxes. Some are newly arrived unaccompanied minors who have been settled with family members and foster families around the US -- some of whom have never had any formal schooling. You can see how many children have been... Read More
hand outstretched with rainbow light
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 24, 2017
 Does a transgender patient’s preferred pronoun make its way from the patient’s registration form all the way into the exam room? How does a health center evaluate if a patient is a good candidate for a gender reassignment treatment? How does the center assess for gender identity? What about health education -- are trans-specific resources available for patients in Spanish? Federally... Read More
child getting vaccination
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 23, 2017
 [Editor’s Note: August is National Immunization Awareness Month. See the bottom of this article for a list of resources for providers.] In the suburbs around Minneapolis, Minnesota, an alarming measles epidemic has public health authorities on edge. As of mid-July, 79 cases have been confirmed, primarily among small children. Like many recent US outbreaks, the spread is the result of a drop... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 18, 2017
 It’s the end of National Health Center Week, in which hundreds of Federally Qualified Health Centers around the country offered community events, hosted their local representatives, and held health fairs -- from Cape Cod, where locals gathered for a “legislative breakfast,” to Cincinatti, where a back-to-school health fair provided young patients with physical and dental exams and a free... Read More
homeless man sitting on sidewalk
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 16, 2017
 [Editor’s Note: Today is Health Care for the Homeless Day, and tomorrow is Agricultural Worker Health Day, two themed days of National Health Center Week. Many of our patients fall into both special populations. Here’s an update on agricultural workers and their unreliable housing options in California’s Central Valley.] Today, it’s predicted to reach just 90 degrees in Porterville,... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 14, 2017
 This week, community health centers around the country will celebrate National Health Center Week with community health fairs, advocacy efforts, and open houses. There will be a lot of fanfare about what health centers are and who they serve, but do they really work? Here, we take a peek at a few recent journal articles on the efficacy and efficiency of Federally Qualified Health Centers,... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Aug. 11, 2017
 It’s mid-August, and harvests are in full swing across the country. In the offices of Migrant Clinicians Network, we have been sharing a number of interesting articles and resources that we’d like to share with you. Here’s this week’s Five on Friday: Alma, Senior Program Manager of Environmental and Occupational Health, recommends HealthyPeople.gov’s series of infographics on the... Read More
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