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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Tomato Worker's Health and Safety Guide
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 21, 2017
 Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in North America, but across southern Florida, agricultural workers are still picking the tastes of summer. Along this tropical finger of the US, millions of pounds of tomatoes are grown, picked mature and green, and shipped to every corner of the nation, eventually arriving as a delicate slice of red tomato on a burger near you.... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 15, 2017
 Happy Friday to you! Here are five pieces that caught our attention at our Migrant Clinicians Network offices this week. What did you read? Share it with us on Facebook.  Brazil Fights H.I.V. Spike in Youths With Free Preventive Drug  Jessica, Fundraising and Foundation Relations Associate, sent around the New York Times article, “Brazil Fights H.I.V. Spike in Youths... Read More
In the field Kazakhstan
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 14, 2017
 Today, the temperature in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is expected to reach a high of seven degrees Fahrenheit. Certainly colder than Central Texas -- but that didn’t stop Migrant Clinicians Network’s Deliana Garcia, Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues. Garcia headed to the frigid Central Asian country last week to participate in the third high-level meeting to... Read More
migrant woman looking out over snow covered forest
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 13, 2017
 For several months every winter, 66-year old Phuong* visits family and friends in her homeland of Vietnam. This year, however, Phuong, a US citizen, tested positive for tuberculosis in her lungs and spine, requiring a 12-month treatment regimen. It’s December -- the height of the travel season. Many of our patients become temporary migrants, traveling for several weeks to visit family in... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 8, 2017
 As the holidays ramp up, our free time gets sucked away. Here, we’ve collected a few health justice pieces that MCN staff read this week, in case you missed some of the stories that matter. What did you read that you recommend to us? Let us know on Facebook.  Why is dangerous chemical in common paint strippers still on the market?  Amy, Director of Environmental and... Read More
Tona Sanchez visits with migrant kids
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 7, 2017
Lead Community Health Worker Toña Sanchez visits with migrant kids. Photo: The Next Door, Inc. When wildfires hit Oregon earlier this year, farmworkers suffered. Despite official recommendations to stay indoors, harvest season continued -- and many workers could not afford to skip work. Respiration-related concerns drove up admissions to hospitals around the Columbia Gorge region. Many areas... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 4, 2017
[Editor's Note: We at MCN are saddened to hear of Leslie's passing. Here, we reprint a touching memorial written by Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, at the Pump Handle. Read the original blog post here, that includes pictures of Leslie and lots of comments from our colleagues.]The occupational health and safety community is mourning the death of Leslie Nickels, MEd, PhD, who passed away earlier this... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 1, 2017
 December has arrived! Before you dive into the weekend’s festivities, take amoment to read some interesting articles and perspectives on migrant health! Here are five pieces from this week recommended by MCN staff.  Study: 26% of Hurricane Harvey Reconstruction Workers Said They Experienced Wage Theft or No Pay  Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health,... Read More
View above beach in Cambutal, Panama
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Nov. 30, 2017
  In the leadup to the 2016 summer Olympics, migrants arrived in Brazil in droves to build the infrastructure necessary to host the games. After the work was completed, many migrants, particularly from disaster-torn Haiti and economically depressed parts of West Africa, began a very long journey north. Along the way, most spent the meager savings they had. Many died. And some of them... Read More
child eating food at picnic
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Nov. 29, 2017
 This week, MCN’s Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES, Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager, arrived in Las Vegas to facilitate a focus group with childcare providers and growers -- an uncommon pairing of professions that is at the core of Protecting Children While Parents Work, a program of Migrant Clinicians Network and the National Children's Center for Rural Agricultural Health... Read More
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