Five on Friday: National Farmworker Women's Health Week 2023
It's National Farmworker Women's Health Week! Women working in the fields have unique health needs that are frequently overlooked. Many of the barriers that affect overall health among all farmworkers – like language, transportation, lack of insurance, poverty, and poor access to local services – result in increased health risks for farmworker women. For example, pesticide and heat exposure harm health – especially during pregnancy, when those exposures increase the risks of birth defects and poor birth outcomes. They additionally face sexual harassment, trafficking, and violence in the fields. There's a lot you can do as a clinician to support farmworker women's health! Read about the many issues women face, and MCN's recommendations to reduce their health risks, on our Women's Health page. On to Five on Friday – five recommendations from MCN staff that you may have missed.
Kaethe sent over this useful infographic from the National Academies: Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know about Immigrants
Claire offered an article on the new Internal Displacement Monitoring Center report. The article notes that the number of internally displaced people is “expected to rise as the frequency, duration and intensity of natural hazards worsens in the context of climate change.” Record Number of 60.9 Million Internal Displacements in 2022: IDMC Report
Jillian recommends a new resource from the National Network for Oral Health Access, saying, “given the desperate need for dental providers, this approach could ease the burden of dental disease in impacted communities.” User’s Guide for Implementation of On-the-Job Dental Assistant Training Programs in Community Health Centers
Noel sent along Protecting Immigrant Families’ statement on this week’s Senate vote to reverse the policy that bars the government from penalizing people who use health care, housing, and food benefits for which they are eligible, by considering that usage in immigration applications. Important to note: the Senate vote does not result in immediate changes to public charge policy. Manchin, Tester Vote with Trump and Stephen Miller
Weekly Win: Amy shared the CDC’s new guidelines for ventilation in buildings to reduce the risk of COVID and other airborne diseases – the first time a federal agency has provided guidelines on indoor air! Ventilation in Buildings
Have a safe and healthy weekend!
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