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#MeToo
By: Juliana Simmons, Oct. 18, 2017
 Facebook’s cute-kid-with-pumpkin photos and gloomy political posts were less prominent this week, as thousands and thousands of women and others -- likely many of your own Facebook friends -- posted just a simple hashtag: #metoo. Coming in the midst of Domestic Violence Awareness month and on the heels of sexual harassment and sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, Washington, and Silicon... Read More
Ed Zuroweste speaking at Washington State TB Educational Conference
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 17, 2017
 When we think of Tuberculosis identification and treatment, we often think of the local health department. After all, they are set up to take the lead role in such public health concerns, providing treatment for highly infectious diseases like TB, and identifying, contacting, and treating, if needed, those who may have been exposed. But what about TB infection? There are 13 million people... Read More
Jose Rodriguez and Alma Galván at East Coast Migrant Stream Forum
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 16, 2017
Left to Right: Alicia Gonzales (NCFH), Gladys Cate (HRSA), Alma Galván (MCN) and Jose Rodriguez (Medical Director at Hospital General Castañer.) [Editor’s Note: Over the weekend, Jose Rodriguez, MD, Medical Director at Hospital General Castañer and longtime partner of MCN attended the East Coast Migrant Stream Forum, arriving from hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. Last week, Dr. Rodriguez... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 13, 2017
 I live in Marin County, about 20 minutes from the frontlines of one of the massive Northern California fires raging on today. I write this from my parents’ house -- my daughter and I have left home because it was too smoky and school has been canceled. Many friends have lost homes, are evacuated, or are on advisory to leave at a moment’s notice. Ash covers the front porch of my home, the... Read More
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
 Nada pudo preparar a nuestros compañeros clínicos al nivel de destrucción que hemos visto en el Norte de América en semanas recientes. En Puerto Rico, después del Huracán Maria roto a través de la isla siguiendo en las puntas de Huracán Irma, centros de salud, y personal han batallado para proporcionar servicios por la falta de electricidad regular, communication estable y fuentes de agua... 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
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