Five on Friday | January 20, 2017 - Special Pre-Inauguration Issue: Immigrant Justice, Health Justice, and Climate Justice
This Inauguration Weekend edition of Five on Friday is especially geared for clinicians who are needing more resources to best serve their migrating and underserved patients. Many immigrant and migrant patients have been expressing concerns about possible policy changes under the new administration, particularly relating to health care access, the sharing of family and medical information, and other issues relating to health justice. In light of these concerns, we asked our staff for resources and tools to pass on to clinicians. Here’s what MCN staff recommended:
- Health coverage FAQs: Can immigration officers access my Medicaid enrollment information? Should I go to the doctor if I don't have authorization to live here? This National Immigrant Law Center page answers concerns about health coverage and medical information sharing, in a time of heightened concern over immigration status.
- InformedImmigrant.com offers resources and a long FAQ that covers questions on diverse topics including DACA, sanctuary cities, and attendance at protest and rallies.
- The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, a fellow National Cooperative Agreement, provides technical assistance and “embeds lawyers and paralegals alongside health care teams to detect, address and prevent health-harming social conditions for people & communities.”
- Several of our MCN staff are headed to Washington, DC to participate in the Women’s March on Washington; others are marching locally in Sacramento, Austin, San Francisco, and other cities. Learn more about the story behind the Women’s March and access resources like, “8 Things Immigrants Can Do If Traveling to DC For Marches” -- a perfect resource for non-citizens who wish to participate.
- After the release of the shocking video of Donald Trump making light of sexual assault, some sexual assault hotlines saw increases in calls from sexual assault victims. Use our sexual and intimate partner violence low-literacy screening form to help uncover trauma and violence in your population. One hotline’s resource page for those reliving trauma as a result of such revelations in the media is available in English and Spanish.