Five on Friday: National Health Center Week 2022
It's National Health Center Week! Across the United States, community health centers save lives. Thank you to all the clinicians – community health workers, physicians, medical assistants, nutritionists, dentists, and so many more across the care team – for supporting the health and well-being of some of the most marginalized and overlooked members of our communities! Health center staff make it happen.
MCN works closely with many health centers to bring health justice to the forefront. Here are some of the news pieces that MCN staff shared this week, as we keep each other up to date on the many issues we track, for our weekly Five on Friday.
The climate crisis doesn't just bring extreme weather and heat – it also shifts habitats, which affect us all, but particularly outdoor workers. Amy shared this STAT News/AP piece. Study Connects Climate Hazards to 58% of Infectious Diseases
Alma forwarded on this new survey of members of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, which found that essential workers are still grappling with the pandemic and need ongoing support to ensure our food systems can continue to operate. UFCW Essential Worker Health Survey during COVID-19
Kaethe sent around the longest article that the Atlantic has ever published – she recommends reading it one chapter a day, so readers have a chance to digest and recover from its disturbing contents. The Secret History of the US Government’s Family-Separation Policy
Claire recommends this Reuters article by Leah Douglas that explains how federal policy is aiming to improve conditions for contract poultry farmers and increase transparency, and the pushback that the rule is getting from major meat corporations. Big US Chicken Company, Mountaire, Asks Contractors to Oppose Transparency Rule
Weekly Win: There is rarely good news in the world of endometriosis. The painful condition in which uterine lining grows on other areas of the reproductive system affects one in 10 women in the US between 25 and 40. New evidence finds women with endometriosis may be at higher risk of COVID infection and long COVID. But there is a silver lining: new treatments are on the way. Ashley-Michelle sent along this article from Everyday Health. FDA Approves Myfembree for Endometriosis Pain in Premenopausal Women
Have a safe and healthy weekend!
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