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Environmental and Occupational Health

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PHOTO: Farmworker in cranberry field

Immigrant and migrant populations work in some of the riskiest industries in the country including agriculture, forestry, fishing and construction. Immigrants have higher rates of injury and fatality compared to workers in other sectors. In fact, foreign born workers are more likely to die on the job than those born in the U.S.  MCN recognizes that migrant clinicians, like the majority of primary health care providers, lack expertise in recognizing and managing work-related injuries and illnesses.  Given the competing demands and severe time constraints in primary care, clinicians struggle with ways to incorporate occupational medicine into their day-to-day efforts. 

Since its inception, MCN has worked to eliminate health disparities among mobile populations, including farmworkers.  Here, we present some common environmental and occupational health challenges for mobile populations.

Read more about our work to solve these challenges

For more information on MCN's response to environmental and occupational challenges in primary care, visit MCN's Environmental and Occupational Health Initiative webpage.

For questions about MCN's Environmental and Occupational Health Initiative, please contact Amy Liebman.

**MCN’s EOH efforts are largely supported through cooperative agreements with the US Environmental Protection Agency as part of their National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticide Initiative. The conclusions and opinions expressed herein are those of MCN and do not necessarily reflect the positions and policies of the EPA.