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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: Administration Moves to Protect Workers from Heat
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 24, 2021
Friday is here again – time to have a look into MCN staff inboxes with this week’s edition of Five on Friday. Got news or resources to share? We love to hear about them. Share with us on Facebook or Twitter. Alma G. offered this useful new website which maps out data from a global survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices around COVID-19: www.covidbehaviors.orgKaethe shared a new KFF... Read More
Six Practical Steps to Prevent Child Suicide
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 23, 2021
[Editor’s Note: September is Suicide Prevention Month. This blog post is offered by Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Director of Witness to Witness at MCN.]In the last few months, I have been shaken over the unprecedent tragic increase in child attempted and completed suicides among youth, even in cohorts of five- to 12-year-olds, one facet of a larger mental health crisis for youth, especially youth of... Read More
Five on Friday: Vaccination Protects Workers
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 17, 2021
Happy Friday to you! It’s that time again: here are five pieces that were shared by MCN staff this week, including one that’s a double Weekly Win. Kaethe forwarded on this troubling article, which features numerous graphs illustrating the disparities in infection rates. The Pandemic Marks Another Grim Milestone: 1 in 500 Americans Have Died of COVID-19Amy shared a perspective piece, also... Read More
FAQ: The COVID-19 Vaccine and Migrant, Immigrant, and Food & Farm Worker Patient
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 15, 2021
Migrant Clinicians Network continues to receive questions from our clinical network on COVID-19 vaccines for their migrant, immigrant, and farmworker communities. While vaccines are available for all in the US, ages 12 and up, in reality, COVID-19 vaccines remain inaccessible for many people, for a variety of reasons, including fear over immigration status and misinformation. The dynamic... Read More
Heat Kills Workers, Standards Save Lives: MCN Comments on Maryland Heat Standard
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 15, 2021
Heat stress kills food and farmworkers – and every heat-related illness that these workers experience can be prevented. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) is drafting a much-needed standard requiring employers to protect Maryland workers from heat-related illnesses, starting next year. During an agency hearing, Leslie Rodriguez, JD, Bilingual Program Manager for Environmental and... Read More
10 Steps to Provide Trauma-Informed Care for Afghan Refugees
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 13, 2021
Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are arriving across the US – and all of them will receive a health assessment in the coming weeks. Once they arrive on US soil, Afghan families are connected to local refugee resettlement agencies who then assist them with their next steps – finding them housing, providing case management, in some cases offering ESL classes and job training – so they can start... Read More
Five on Friday: Understanding Long COVID
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 9, 2021
COVID-19 data keep pouring in. So, our understanding of the virus and its variants continues to grow. And, of course, policies and recommendations shift as we get to know this terrible virus. Frankly, many outside of the health field are confused and exhausted by the changes in recommendations and the ongoing flow of new information, some of which seems contradictory. (Many inside the health... Read More
Tips for Making the Most of Interpreters and Interpretation Hotlines
By: Robert Kinnaird, Sep. 8, 2021
Interpreters and interpretation hotlines are key tools for clinicians when they do not share a common language with their patients. While interpreters may work full time or part time in the office or clinic, hotlines generally work by passing a phone between the doctor and patient as a third party aids in communication. These means of communication are especially vital in the medical field, where... Read More
Farmworkers & COVID-19: Partnerships to Protect Workers Highlighted in American
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 7, 2021
In 2020, America got a close-up look at the exploitative conditions, lack of basic occupational protections, poor access to health care, and institutional oppression that food and farm workers have endured for decades. These pre-existing occupational factors, paired with the continued operation of these workplaces as “essential,” made food workplaces ripe for COVID-19 outbreaks.“As COVID-19... Read More
Five on Friday: Kids and the COVID-19 Vaccines
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 3, 2021
Happy Friday! Before you head out the door (or, for those working from home, before you wander from the living room to the kitchen) for your three-day weekend, how about reading some news on health justice? Here are five pieces from MCN staff that we found interesting this week – plus a triple weekly win to celebrate the good news that’s out there, and a bonus resource.  Robert... Read More
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