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Journal of Agromedicine Socio-ecological approaches for improving agricultural s
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 14, 2017
 This month, the Journal of Agromedicine released a special issue focused on utilizing the socio-ecological model (SEM) to improve agricultural safety and health. Migrant Clinicians Network’s Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) team contributed, with Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of EOH, as a guest editor for the issue and as lead author and co-author on multiple articles, and... Read More
woman in hijab from behind facing brick wall with united states map
By: Jean Schrecengost, Sep. 13, 2017
 [Editor’s Note: This post is the final in a series on immigrant lives by Jean Schrecengost, our Environmental and Occupational Health Intern at MCN’s Salisbury, Maryland office. Jean joined us over the summer as part of her graduate studies in conflict analysis and dispute resolution at Salisbury University. Read the first installment here and the second installment here.] Fatima*, a North... Read More
hurricane aftermath destroyed houses
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 12, 2017
 "There is such an unmet medical need," says Kristin Malaer, another social worker who also showed up to volunteer. "Just going and connecting with people, you find out so many of them are diabetic or so many of them have chronic medical illness, that serving them all is pretty overwhelming." --NPR report on Harvey evacuees, August 29, 2017  Twelve years ago last month, Hurricane... Read More
Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 8, 2017
 Another difficult week for the mobile poor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands just beginning to recover from Harvey, while thousands more are displaced by Irma. Meanwhile, across the nation, families fret over their futures after this week’s decision by the Trump Administration over DACA. We continue to work hard to assure that America’s mobile poor have access to quality... Read More
Clinician taking child's blood pressure
By: Farmworker Justice, Sep. 7, 2017
Photograph: Earl Dotter Editor’s Note: How do immigration policy changes -- or even the tone of the national conversation around immigration -- affect health care needs and access for people who lack authorization to live and work in the US? With this week’s decision against DACA, we turn to Farmworker Justice to provide this useful overview and perspective. Visit Farmworker Justice’s blog... Read More
houses and basketball court underwater
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 6, 2017
 A week ago, as Harvey thrust toward its clinics, HOPE Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston, took stock. And then moved that stock. “We transferred our vaccine storage to our emergency location on Friday since we weren’t sure how bad the situation would be, and the risk of losing our stock was huge,” explained Kara Green, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, a Family Nurse Practitioner and... Read More
Hundreds of cots
By: Leslie Diaz, Sep. 5, 2017
 This week, Austin is set to receive somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 evacuees fleeing the receding waters in their neighborhoods around Houston. They are to be housed in several locations, one of which is the Delco Center, a sports center in northeast Austin. Last week, I headed to this emergency shelter as part of Ventanilla de Salud’s efforts to assist Mexican-Americans and other Latinos... Read More
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
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