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Five on Friday | August 26, 2016

MCN Five on Friday

It’s back-to-school time! Two of our MCNers are away this week, dropping their children off at college for the first time. Many of us, however, still think of those full-grown college freshmen as youngsters in the MCN Austin office! How time flies. Best of luck to Ben and Nathaniel! Whether packing a PB&J in a Minion backpack, figuring out the bus schedule, or trying to find a place that sells those odd extra-long twin bed sheets, parents across the country are helping their students settle into the new autumn rhythms. If you have a few moments to spare, here are some reads on health justice, recommended from MCN staff.


  1. Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health: “Here's an interesting article about two pregnant women, one a working for the CIA and one working for Chipotle, who won some interesting cases. Two really different types of workers.” 

  2. Claire, Writer and Editor, recommends a study that concludes that race and ethnicity affect children’s access to mental health care. From the article: "One of the study’s clear messages, argued Woolhandler, is that racial minorities received markedly less care — regardless of socioeconomic or health status. The gap suggests a targeted intervention is needed."  

  3. Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems and Women’s Health, shared this disturbing development in the Zika story -- the possibility of late-onset microcephaly

  4. Ricardo, Health Network Manager, pulled out this quote from an article on Global Migration’s Rapid Rise: "Migration is not a free-standing phenomenon. It is tied inextricably to wider forces: economics, political stability, policy decisions, and climate change, among others. As these forces change, so will the volume and direction of people." 

  5. Karen, Chief Executive Officer, asks clinicians to pledge to help end the opiod crisis, at


Have a safe and healthy weekend!


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