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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: The Health Needs of Farmworkers
By: MCN Admin, Nov. 27, 2020
While Thanksgiving looked different for many of us this year, for some, it is too much the same: millions of food workers across the US are still toiling in fields, farms, orchards, packing houses, and slaughterhouses with few worker protections, in dangerous working conditions, and for poverty wages. This year, many are working in conditions that have led to the rampant spread of COVID-19, as a... Read More
Five on Friday: Children and COVID-19
By: MCN Admin, Nov. 20, 2020
Five on Friday is a roundup of new research, articles, resources, and more on health justice and migrant health that our MCN team recommends. Here’s this week’s edition: Amy shared Earth Island Journal’s “Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something,” which looks at how one physician is trying to “bridge the gap between medicine and the environment.”Claire recommended the new COVID-19 Testing... Read More
Transgender Health and COVID-19
By: Ashley-Michelle..., Nov. 19, 2020
By Ashley-Michelle Papon, Project Coordinator, Development and Outreach[Editor’s Note: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Too many people have died because of violence against trans people, and many more struggle with poor health as a result of lack of access to trans-competent health care. In this blog post, MCN’s Ashley-Michelle Papon discusses the health barriers that many trans people... Read More
Women’s Conference Creates Virtual Safe Space for Austin-Area Latinas
By: Diana Cañas, Nov. 19, 2020
By Diana Cañas, MCN InternEarlier this month, the sixth annual Women’s Conference, hosted by the General Consulate of Mexico in Austin and Migrant Clinicians Network, was virtual. In total, 68 women gathered together on Zoom to hear from guest speakers, with another almost 600 people watching from Facebook, either live or recorded.     María Limón, a public speaker from... Read More
Helping Patients Stay Safe in an Age of Misinformation
By: Noel Dufrene, Nov. 18, 2020
Gayle Thomas, MD, is concerned. She has learned that many of her patients, whom she serves as the medical director of the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program, believe that if they go to the hospital with COVID-19, they will not come out. They resist transfer to their local hospital even with a severe COVID-19 infection. This type of concern has spread across the country. Health care workers... Read More
Five on Friday: Preparing to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine
By: MCN Admin, Nov. 13, 2020
It’s Friday again! It’s time to pull up five recommendations from MCN staff, including plus our “weekly win,” because we all need a little good news every week. Here they are: Kaethe shared “Association Between Health Care Utilization and Immigration Enforcement Events in San Francisco,” and writes: “This research letter on a study, if replicable, has important implications. It suggests that... Read More
#HeroesOnTheFrontline: Finding Inspiration from Clinicians Around the World
By: Ashley-Michelle..., Nov. 11, 2020
In hindsight, my transition to an advocate for health justice seemed somewhat predestined. I came of age during the latter stages of the AIDS epidemic, during a time when dial-up internet represented the only means of accessing the world wide web. I spent hours poring over every article I could find that even tangentially applied to the AIDS epidemic that served as the ultimate boogey man in my... Read More
Community-Based Organizations Step Up Against COVID-19 Among Vulnerable Populati
By: Noel Dufrene, Nov. 10, 2020
On Thursday, November 5th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation held the first in a series of national webinars, ‘COVID-19 Emergency Webinar for Community Based Organizations.’  Webinar panelists offered examples of best practices and successful strategies used in communities, particularly those that are vulnerable, across the US. Topics included best practices for COVID-19 health... Read More
Five on Friday: Reducing Anxiety and Stress
By: MCN Admin, Nov. 6, 2020
For many, it’s been a stressful week! This week’s Five on Friday comes from Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Director of Witness to Witness. She has reviewed hundreds of resources on reducing anxiety and stress. We asked her what some of her top recommendations would be for this very high-stress week, and she kindly offered up the following five resources, with a note included for each about why she... Read More
EPA Weakens Pesticide Standards; Endangers Health of Rural Communities
By: MCN Admin, Nov. 5, 2020
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back a critical safeguard for farmworker health: the application exclusion zone, or AEZ. The AEZ is an important part of the Worker Protection Standard, preventing farmworkers from pesticide exposure by limiting how close workers and others could be during pesticide applications.Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled... Read More
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