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Migrant Clinicians Network: A force for health justice/Somos una fuerza dedicada a la justicia en salud.

Our Organization

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Our Organization

Migrant Clinicians Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates practical solutions at the intersection of vulnerability, migration, and health. We provide support, technical assistance, and professional development to clinicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other health care delivery sites, and we provide virtual case management directly to patients who may otherwise be lost to follow-up because of their need to move.  MCN aims to enable clinicians to provide quality health care, increased access, and reduced disparities for people who need ongoing care but are experiencing outside forces that are exacerbating their vulnerability.  We directly serve anyone with an ongoing health need who, because of their vulnerabilities, may be lost to follow-up as a result of the choice to migrate or forced displacement, from temporary, migrant, and year-round farmworkers and dairy workers, to people forced from their homes after a climate disaster or fleeing from disease, violence, or economic instability in their hometowns.

MCN is a global organization with more than 10,000 constituents. Our work is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of frontline clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and academics with experience in and commitment to health equity.  MCN employs a professional staff of 25, based in four offices across the mainland US and in Puerto Rico. MCN engages in research, develops and distributes much-needed resources, advocates for patients and clinicians, engages outside partners, and runs programs that support clinical care on the frontline of migrant health.

Our History

Our History

In 1984, three dedicated clinicians met at the Migrant Health Conference in Padre Island. The three clinicians --  Willa Hays, RN from Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.; Gail Stevens, RN from Delmarva Rural Ministries; and David Smith, then a physician at Brownsville Community Health Center -- shared a sense of personal isolation and dismay at the lack of migrant-specific resources available to clinicians. In 1985, they formed Migrant Clinicians Network, a grassroots clinical network consisting of clinicians dedicated to improved health care for people who, because they are moving, are at risk to be lost to follow-up. In 2019, Migrant Clinicians Network celebrated its 35th year in the fight for health justice for the mobile poor.

Our Work

Our Work

MCN currently has several areas of programmatic focus, while remaining nimble and responsive to issues that arise in clinics throughout the country.  At present, MCN has specific initiatives in the areas of climate change, emergency preparedness, and disaster response; occupational/environmental health; family violence prevention; and continuity of care/bridge case management for mobile patients.  Other areas of expertise include immunization, infectious diseases, global health, chronic illness, and health promotion. MCN is active throughout the US and Puerto Rico, and our Health Network case management team has provided continuity of care services to patients moving from the US to 114 countries.

Much of MCN’s work is driven by the needs of clinicians requesting assistance.  In order to respond effectively to any issue that arises, MCN draws on internal staff resources, a cadre of migrant health experts, our External Advisory Board, and a library of technical assistance material to handle the requests as they arrive. See our Technical Assistance page for more information.

MCN also advocates on behalf of both migrant clinicians and the mobile populations that they serve. Learn more on our Health Justice page.

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