Top Ten Favorite Blogs of 2022: Migrant Health, From Overtime to Climate to Paxlovid
As we reach the end of 2022, we can look back and reflect on our work through the past year and look forward to the work ahead. We’ve selected a few of our favorite blogs, including some unique perspectives from MCN staff, and some that capture our hopes and dreams for a better future for migrants. If you find yourself inspired and struck with the spirit of generosity, you can support our missions for the coming year here.
"US and Global Infrastructure is Unprepared and Unwilling to Prepare for the Increase in Migration" -- Four Critical Strategies to Take on Climate Migration
Migration is vital and inevitable -- and migrants deserve to be treated with respect and dignity when they arrive. Yet, our current migration system is broken. In this blog, we outline four strategies to improve systems for migrants, including our climate policies.
MCN White Paper: Pregnant Asylum Seekers Struggle to Access Prenatal Care
In October, MCN released this important white paper, highlighting the inequity pregnant asylum seekers face while navigating our health system as new arrivals within the country. The white paper illustrates barriers to care with specific examples and highlight policies that serve as roadblocks for some of the most vulnerable pregnancies in this country.
When Mental Health Medications Meet Paxlovid: Choosing Between Treating the Body or Managing the Mind
Paxlovid is highly effective, but there are many medications that cannot be taken with Paxlovid. Some patients are choosing between prescriptions and much-needed COVID care. MCN’s Ashley-Michelle Papon paused her medications to receive Paxlovid, but the consequences were dire. Patients should consult their doctor or psychologist before stopping certain medications for COVID treatment.
Overtime Pay: Why Are Farmworkers Excluded?
Farmworker exceptionalism refers to all the legal exceptions that leave farmworkers at increased vulnerability compared to other kinds of workers, among other disadvantages, like lack of overtime. This blog covers the reasons behind this exceptionalism and other ways that it manifests to give farmworkers disadvantages.
Asylum Seekers vs. Refugees: What’s the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?
Our intern Xander Starobin’s blog post was one of our most popular of the year! This post shows the key differences between asylum seekers and refugees.
Annie Leone, CNM: A Dedication to Pregnant Asylum Seekers at the Border
At the US-Mexico border, Annie Leone, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), provided pregnant asylum seekers with care as they went through one of the hardest processes a soon-to-be mother will ever experience. We took a moment to celebrate her work and honor her commitment to a vulnerable population.
Mass Shootings: From Grief and Outrage to Activism and Action
Acts of stochastic terrorism motivated by conspiracies and senseless violence in our schools affect all of us. Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Director of Witness to Witness, put together this report on gun violence, discussing root causes, methods of prevention, mental health connections, and the availability of firearms.
Long COVID and Historically Marginalized Patients: Amplified Risks Require a Different Approach
Social determinants of health that leave people at increased vulnerability to illness and the failings of our health care system give those who belong to marginalized communities increased risk of long COVID and some of its worst consequences.
Worker Risks and Inequities in an Age of Climate Change: Workers’ Memorial Day
This year, MCN has said again and again that “no one should ever die on the job.” On Workers’ Memorial Day, we published this blog mourning the thousands of immigrant and migrant workers that have died at work and pushed once again for the adoption of heat regulation that will save countless lives over time.
FAQ: COVID-19 and Migrant, Immigrant, and Food & Farm Worker Patients
January marks two years that we have been consistently updating our FAQ in order to provide clinicians with everything they need to know to provide the best care for migrants and immigrants. As we look forward to 2023, we will continue to maintain this resource for everyone that needs it.
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