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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

hurricane and destroyed homes
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 11, 2017
 Last week, MCN’s Leslie Diaz, who works as a Health Network Associate at the Ventanilla de Salud (VdS) in Austin, Texas, called Francisco Gámez, with Aids Interfaith Network/Manos Unidas and VdS in Dallas, TX to hear about the health needs of Houston evacuees in Dallas. VdS is a program of the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health housed in Mexican Consulates in the... Read More
emergency nurses week - heart around nurses hat
By: Laszlo Madaras, Oct. 9, 2017
 [Editor's note: Our Co-Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Laszlo Madaras, sent over this short missive without the knowledge that this week is Emergency Nurses Week. We'd like to share Dr. Madaras' celebration and appreciation of our fellow clinicians, whose critical work is too often overlooked.] As a doctor, I have worked with so many kind and excellent nurses over several decades - dedicated,... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 6, 2017
 It’s the first week of October, which for me means Fair Trade Candy Buying Week. It’s a troubling task -- if I wait much longer, it might not ship to me in time for Halloween and the local stores may be sold out as in previous years, but then I have candy sitting around my house for three weeks. If you can handle the weeks of chocolate-covered torment in your own kitchen cupboards, I... Read More
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
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