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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 19, 2018
 January is National Blood Donor Month. This year’s severe winter weather and a rough flu season have left blood banks across the country with low supplies, as January donations plummeted. Have extra blood to spare?  Go to to find a blood drive near you. On to Five on Friday -- here are five pieces that MCN staff shared this week. What did you read that you’d like... Read More
mother feeds baby by candlelight
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 18, 2018
"Candle of Hope" by Alan Pogue In October of last year, Rosa Maria, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, was being transported by ambulance from her hometown of Laredo, Texas to a nearby hospital for surgery when the ambulance was stopped at a checkpoint. Border Patrol agents determined that Rosa Maria lacked documentation to live in the US, and followed the ambulance to the hospital.... Read More
Group of clinicians
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 17, 2018
 You probably saw our pop-up window when you reached the website today. If you’re anything like me, you may have closed it before even reading it! This month, Migrant Clinicians Network launched a very short five-question poll -- and we need your help. What’s this short poll about? Last year, we ran a similar five-question poll asking clinicians from across the country if they had seen any... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 12, 2018
 The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Day is on Monday. His words of wisdom -- now part of our national dialogue for over 50 years -- still bolster our spirits in moments of discouragement. Thank you to all the clinicians in our... Read More
Physician faces hurdle
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 10, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: It is bittersweet to share the publishing of MCN’s most recent article. The NIOSH-supported research project featured in this article was championed by Leslie Nickels, a worker safety and health champion and friend of MCN, who passed away at the end of last year.] James, a 36-year-old, arrives at the clinic with out-of-control diabetes, chronic back pain, depression, and... Read More
diabetic test device
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 9, 2018
 How many of your patients with diabetes are keeping their Hemoglobin A1C levels below nine? Migrant Clinicians Network has taken on HRSA’s call to proactively address diabetes and hypertension to bring A1C numbers down, through two newly launched ECHO series in Spanish. Launching this month, the two back-to-back series have been developed just for promotores, community outreach workers... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 5, 2018
 Happy New Year! As 2018 begins and the cold season continues, it's a great time to sip warm tea and cuddle up with a good book! Here are a few that MCN staff have enjoyed in 2017 and into the new year:  The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom  Karen, CEO, offered up “The Newcomers,” by Helen Thorpe, which follows twenty-two refugee... Read More
old woman with cane
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 3, 2018
 A patient is having a hard time getting her diabetes under control. The clinician has done everything -- the correct prescriptions, a class with the dietician, a group lesson and take-home brochure on how to manage diabetes. But she still struggles: she can’t read the brochure very well, as her English is poor. The only market in her neighborhood is a convenience store, so she’s limited on... Read More
Happy New Year
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 2, 2018
 The new year brings renewed hope for meaningful and measurable steps toward health justice for the mobile poor. Amid setbacks and struggles, many gains have been made in the past year -- and more is on the way. Here are the top five ways MCN is forging ahead for health justice in 2018. Assure that migration isn’t a barrier to health care: You’ve used Health Network, MCN’s bridge case... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 22, 2017
 MCN offices are closed today, but we still had plenty to talk about this holiday week. What health justice stories and resources excited you this week? What can you use in the new year?   A Journey Through a Land of Extreme Poverty: Welcome to America  Alyssa, Environmental and Occupational Health Intern, emailed this article about the travels of UN's Philip Alston... Read More
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