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Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn at San Francisco General Hospital
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 5, 2017
Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn at San Francisco General Hospital. Photo: Jirayut Latthivongskorn One month ago today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a March 5th, 2018 end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that provided temporary legal status to immigrants who were brought to the US as children without status. Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn was... Read More
Puerto Rico flag painted on rock
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 2, 2017
 Nothing could prepare our clinician partners for the level of destruction we have seen in North America in recent weeks. In Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island following on the heels of Hurricane Irma, health centers and staff have struggled to provide services because of the lack of regular electricity, steady communication, and even sources of potable water.... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 29, 2017
 As we reach the end of September, we look back at the devastation that this particular page in the calendar has brought to vulnerable communities across North America. Major earthquakes, hurricanes, superstorms, flooding, and fires have caused extensive damage and heartbreaking loss. For this week’s Five on Friday, we wish to focus on Puerto Rico, which appears on the brink of humanitarian... Read More
Apple tree orchard without farm worker
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 28, 2017
[Editor’s Note: This week, the mobile agricultural worker shortage was once again in the news. Last month, Rural Migration News blog posted this analysis of how farmers are shifting gears in reaction to the labor shortage. Rural Migration News is published by the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis. This blog is reprinted with permission. Visit their... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 26, 2017
 After any disaster -- earthquake, hurricane, explosion, attack -- there are immediate survival concerns. Puerto Rico is right now on the brink of a humanitarian crisis, as millions face every new day with uncertain and limited access to food and potable water, many living in Hurricane Maria-damaged homes, and almost all without electricity or cell phone service. Nearly a week after a... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 22, 2017
 Just this week, can we rename this rundown of reads and resources, “Six on Saturday,” or “Seven on Sunday?” It’s awfully challenging to whittle down the list of suggestions from our well read staff to just five pieces every Friday. This week, we’re bucking the trend and giving you six -- we just couldn’t help it.  But we promise to return to just five pieces next week. What are you... Read More
man spraying pesticides on plants
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 21, 2017
 Pop quiz: Before Migrant Clinicians Network trainings, what percentage of surveyed primary care clinicians knew if reporting pesticide exposures in their state was required? Read on to find the answer -- and how MCN is changing the world of primary care through the incorporation of effective and efficient trainings and technical assistance around pesticide poisoning recognition, management... Read More
Hurricane thrashing palm trees on the beach
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 20, 2017
 [Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with our Puerto Rico colleagues and their patients as Hurricane Maria batters the island this morning. Here’s an update from our frequent collaborator Daniel Ramos, MPHE, who we spoke with yesterday.] When Daniel Ramos, MPHE, from the Primary Health Care Association of Puerto Rico, picked up the phone yesterday, he sounded surprisingly upbeat.... Read More
COSH Network staff survey damage to-homes after hurricane Harvey
By: Jessica E. Martinez, Sep. 19, 2017
 [Editor’s note: This guest blog comes from Jessica E. Martinez, MPH, Co-Executive Director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), who sent this update out a few days ago. We are grateful for her permission to republish and for the important work that National COSH is doing in Houston. Learn more about post-disaster recovery and cleanup -- and the many associated... Read More
Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 15, 2017
 Have you seen the Binational Health Week GoFundMe page we created? We need to raise just $1400  to pay for services, childcare, and more during Binational Health Week in Austin, which this year serves not just local Latino families but also Harvey evacuees in the region. Please take a look, donate if you can, and share on your social media.Here are some other links that you may have... Read More
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