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Five on Friday: Black History Month

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Five on Friday black history month


One of the consequential migrations of U.S. history (of which there are many) is the Great Migration, when over six million African-Americans left the South in search of better and safer lives. In honor of Black History Month, which begins today, we reflect on the trauma, the health risks, the uncertainty that these Americans faced during and after migration, and the dire situations back home that inspired them to take those risks. Migration has been a leading sculptor of our country -- and continues to be so. Here are a few reads for clinicians serving our most vulnerable, including migrants, offered up by MCN staff.



1 deaths of despair


Del shared “‘Deaths of Despair’ – Prevention for a Growing Crisis,” which highlights social and economic shifts aimed at addressing the 50 percent increase in deaths from suicide, drugs, and alcohol.

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2 health of healthcare workers


Karen recommended the American Journal of Public Health’s podcast, “Who Cares About the Health of Health Care Workers?

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3 butterfly effect


Karen also forwarded an article about a portable, inexpensive ultrasound scanner that runs on an iPhone app: “The Butterfly Effect: This $2,000 ultrasound scanner makes medical imaging affordable and portable.


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4 risking everything


Amy also shared, “Migrant child died after release from detention, attorneys group alleges.”

Jillian sent over TIME’s excellent long-form article, “The Stories of Migrants Risking Everything for a Better Life.

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5 Sexual and gender minority health


Jillian also sent the announcement of “Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health: A Core Course for the Whole Care Team,” a three-day conference starting March 22nd, offered by the Fenway Institute.


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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