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Five on Friday: Migrant Health is Public Health

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Five on Friday Migrant health is public health


Friday has arrived! MCN staff had lots to share this week regarding the health of the vulnerable populations that we seek to help, including coal workers, trafficked women, and refugees.



1 coal dust


Amy shared the Frontline special on sharp rise of deadly advanced black lung disease among miners in Appalacia: “Coal’s Deadly Dust.”

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2 surviving sex trafficking


Karen recommended a TIME piece focused on sex trafficking in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and Montana: “She Survived Sex Trafficking. Now She Wants to Show Other Women a Way Out.

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3 coal plant to solar farm


Claire shared the story of activists in Massachusetts that rallied to shut a coal plant down and turn it into a solar energy plant -- “and to help workers at the coal plant make the shift fairly.


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4 migrant health is public health


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

Alma recommended the new WHO European Region report on migration and health, which is succinctly subtitled, “No Public Health Without Refugee and Migrant Health.

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5 PR slower aid


Marysel forwarded the CBS News article reporting on a study that found that “the federal government's response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the mainland was faster and more ‘generous’ — in terms of resources and funds — than its assistance to Puerto Rico before and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.”


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5 violence of hyperincarceration


BONUS: Yes, a sixth recommendation that we simply couldn’t leave out! The New England Journal of Medicine released its second case study in social medicine, with a highly recommended audio interview with the author: “The Structural Violence of Hyperincarceration — A 44-Year-Old Man with Back Pain.


Have a safe and healthy weekend.


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