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MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 19, 2017
 Graduation season is upon us, and college students across the country are cramming for final exams. This week, MCN said goodbye to four of our hardworking interns who have learned the ins and outs of working for a nonprofit focused on health justice -- and have provided important support services for our network as well. A heartfelt thank you to environmental and occupational health intern... Read More
mcn five on friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 12, 2017
 Another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network! Here are some updates from the world of public health and health justice that we thought you’d enjoy, chosen by MCN staff members Del, Director of International Projects, Research, and Development, forwarded the WHO Director-General report which details recent progress in the fight against TB: “Ten years in public health 2007-... Read More
man standing in field of smoke
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 10, 2017
 [Editor’s note: We hope to bring an update on this story as more details become available. Read more about Chlorpyrifos in the upcoming issue of Streamline, slated to be released at the end of the month, or in our archived article, “Edging Toward a Ban, Chlorpyrifos is Once Again Demonstrated to be Dangerous to Human Health,” released before the Environmental Protection Agency declined a... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 5, 2017
 It’s been a busy week in the MCN world. Here are a few news pieces that caught the eye of MCN’s staff: It’s Cinco de Mayo, which is oddly celebrated more herein the US than in Mexico. Alma, Senior Program Manager of Environmental and Occupational Health, sent along the History Channel’s History of Cinco de Mayo to fill us in on the holiday. Ed, Co-Chief Medical Officer, sent a... Read More
coffee beans with fair trade usa logo
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 4, 2017
 This week, Fair Trade standards for US-grown products went into effect, potentially changing the scope of Fair Trade in the US market and promising a new model of fair labor practices, social justice standards, and environmental stewardship among US farms relying on farm labor. The Fair Trade logo has long been associated with coffee, chocolate, and tea, produced by small-scale farmers,... Read More
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By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 2, 2017
 The newspapers report on it every day, our medical journals are filled with the latest data, and the patients in our exam rooms confirm: Diabetes is on the rise in the US and worldwide, including among children. Hypertension continues to grip the country, with one in three US adults estimated to have high blood pressure. How do Federally Qualified Health Centers buck the trends, empower... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 28, 2017
 Today is Workers’ Memorial Day. Immigrant agricultural workers are one of the segments of US workers most vulnerable to workplace death. How do we as clinicians contribute to a safer work environment for our patients? MCN has multiple projects aimed to equip clinicians serving agricultural workers to better understand safety and health, workers’ rights, and other critical occupational... Read More
Workers in the field at sunset
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 27, 2017
 Over the course of 2015, almost 5,000 people in the US went to work one day and never came home. An additional estimated 50,000 workers died from occupational diseases. That’s according to the AFL-CIO’s new report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2017,” their annual report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers, released for tomorrow’s Workers’ Memorial... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 21, 2017
 Happy Earth Day! Mobile patient health and the health of our planet are intimately connected. Planetary health is a field of study dedicated to better understanding the interconnectedness between the human and natural systems. The Lancet’s new Planetary Health journal focuses exclusively on the topic. In what ways does planetary health come into your practice? Back to Five on Friday:... Read More
Community healh workers discussing health issues
By: Alma Galván, Apr. 20, 2017
 [Editor’s note: What does it take to bring our worker safety and health programs to Puerto Rico? Here, MCN’s Alma Alma Galván, MHC, takes us through a daylong workshop during her recent trip to the island.]On Thursday, April 6th, I had the pleasure of leading a workshop with Jose Rodriguez, MD, in Lares, a town in the heart of Puerto Rico well known for the coffee they produce. The goal of... Read More
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