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Five on Friday | April 28, 2017

MCN Five on Friday


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 health pieces that better a worker’s odds at staying healthy. Let us know how you assure safety among your patient population -- share your story on Facebook. Meanwhile, here are some stories that affect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. -- even if indirectly -- that we shared here in the MCN offices this week.


  1. Del, Director of International Projects, Research, and Development,  sent along the announcement of the launch of Zika Care Connect, “dedicated to improving access to clinical services for families affected by Zika in 10 jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories at high risk for Zika, with the ultimate goal of lessening the effects of Zika on children and families.”

  2. Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, shared a new resource she discovered this week, recommended by Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida -- The Center for Child Stress and Health, which offers plenty of multiliingual resources for parents and children on child stress related to deportation, divorce, depression, and more. 

  3. Amy also shared the AFL-CIO’s annual report for Workers’ Memorial Day, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 2017.”

  4. Claire shared an NPR piece on the new ethical label on the block, Fair Trade Certified produce grown in the US

  5. Theressa, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, recommended a duo of new reports offered up in recognition of National Minority Health Month by the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH), about the quality of care received by people enrolled in Medicare Advantage. “One report compares quality of care for women and men while the other report looks at racial and ethnic differences in health care experiences and clinical care, among women and men.”


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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