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In the Field: Juliana Simmons on Pesticides Panel at AAP Meeting

in the fieldOn Tuesday, MCN’s Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES, Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager, attended a meeting hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland Chapter and the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility.

A presentation on the chronic effects of pediatric pesticide exposures by professor James Roberts, MD, MPH, FAAP was the highlight of the evening. Dr. Roberts is based at the Medical University of South Carolina and is a clinician partner of MCN.

In the Field: MCN promotes worker health and safety at APHA meeting in Chicago

mcn in the fieldMCN’s Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, attended the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago. Yesterday, Liebman presented “Policy exclusions and unequal protection for vulnerable workers.

In the Field: Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee in Washington, DC

Pesticide SprayingThis week, Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at MCN, is in Washington, DC to serve on the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee. Liebman is beginning her two-year term as a returning member of the federal advisory committee, which meets regularly with the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs to discuss pesticide policies.

Five on Friday | October 16, 2015

MCN Five on FridayThe final days of harvest have arrived for much of the country. The last sugar beets are being pulled out of the ground in North Dakota; apple harvest has a few more weeks in New York State. In California, the opposite is true. Slightly cooler weather in the Central Valley means farms are green with young plants to fill America’s plates through the winter.

Five on Friday | October 9, 2015

MCN Five on FridayThis week, Homero Segovia, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Health Network Associate, tragically lost his life in a car accident. We at Migrant Clinicians Network struggled to keep working with the weight of this massive loss upon us. The trouble is, the work keeps piling up; all the momentum in the world of health justice hasn’t stopped (which, we know, is a positive thing). Next week, we will offer a blog post to commemorate Homero and his work at MCN.

Farmworker Voices

Five on Friday | October 2, 2015

MCNThis week’s post could have been called “A few dozen on Friday” -- there were lots of happenings in the world of health justice for the mobile poor. Here’s a tidy selection of the offered news pieces recommended by MCN staff.

1. Charlotte, Development Manager, noted this Texas Tribune article detailing the opposition in Dallas against legislation for rest breaks for construction workers.

MCN Receives Susan Harwood Training Grant

MCNThis month, Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) was awarded a Susan Harwood Training Grant for capacity building from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). MCN’s project, Worker Safety and Health in Community Health Centers: A sustainable and integrative approach to immigrant safety and health, will target immigrant workers in hazardous industries, in both rural and urban areas.

At last: A revised Worker Protection Standard

MCNMigrant Clinicians Network is thrilled to announce today that the Environmental Protection Agency has at long last released its revised Worker Protection Standard, fortifying the rules that protect agricultural workers in fields across the US. We at MCN, along with dozens of our partners in farmworker and environmental health, applaud the newly amended WPS, which includes important provisions to protect farmworkers and pesticide applicators from pesticide exposure.

Five on Friday | September 25, 2015

MCN Five on FridayTo round out our celebration of National Farm Safety and Health Week, we dedicate this week’s Five on Friday blog to the health and well-being of children in agricultural settings. Here are some recommendations from our staff.

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