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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

In Memoriam: Charles Van Der Horst, MD
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 18, 2019
Migrant Clinicians Network mourns the passing of Charles Van Der Horst, MD, a fierce advocate for health access, a prominent HIV/AIDS researcher, and emeritus professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. [ Charles Van Der Horst, MD was arrested for civil disobedience in protest of the General Assembly's refusal to accept Medicaid expansion... Read More
Five on Friday: Father's Day
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 14, 2019
 Happy Father’s Day! This Sunday, skip the new barbecue tools and cologne, and give the father in your life the gift of health. Go for a family day hike, swim some laps in the local community pool, or enjoy a heart-healthy vegetable-rich picnic lunch. Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the US regardless of race or ethnicity, and diet and exercise can prevent it. Among men... Read More
Blue Tarps: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Season, and Vulnerable Populations
By: Marysel Pagan-S..., Jun. 13, 2019
[ Photo provided by CSM ][Editor’s Note: This week, we kick off a short blog series over the course of the 2019 hurricane season focused on Puerto Rico. Here, MCN’s Puerto Rico Program Manager, Marysel Pagán-Santana, MS, DrPH, gives us the update from the field. As a side note, this is the first time that we present Pagán-Santana as a DrPH. Congratulations, Marysel!]At the beginning of this month... Read More
In The Field: Occupational Health in Calexico with Ventanilla de Salud of the Me
By: Alma Galván, Jun. 10, 2019
 As part of “Filling the Gap in Worker Training: Capacity Building for Occupational Safety and Health,” supported by the Susan Harwood Capacity Building Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, I traveled across the country to assist with a monitoring visit to the Ventanilla de Salud in Calexico, CA, where partners Adriana Buelna and Marlet Vizcarra both work as... Read More
Five on Friday: World Day Against Child Labor
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 7, 2019
 On June 12th, we honor World Day Against Child Labor. Launched by the International Labor Organization in 2002, it brings our attention to the continued problem of children at work throughout the world. This week, the Washington Post ran two articles of note on child labor: the first, a disturbing piece on child migrant labor in the chocolate industry, and the second, a piece on child labor... Read More
Gena Byrd on site with H2A farmworkers
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 5, 2019
[The Greene County Health Care staff. Gena Byrd is third from the right.]“It’s very, very busy this time a year.” That’s the update from Gena Byrd, RN, a nurse with Greene County Health Care, a community health center in North Carolina. One of the true migrant health centers, Greene County supports its mobile agricultural workers through a robust in-the-field program, through which Byrd logs many... Read More
Woman looks out from under umbrella in the rain.
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 4, 2019
John Ghertner, MD, has been living and working as a physician for the migrant community in the Finger Lakes region of New York State since around 1980.  His integration into the community -- he says he’s a padrino for several children, and is a designated guardian for a local child should the parents be deported --  has led him to be a migrant health advocate as well, even after... Read More
Five on Friday: National Heat Awareness Day
By: MCN Admin, May. 31, 2019
 Today is National Heat Awareness Day. As we roll into the summer, with the Southwest already experiencing a significant heat wave, let’s take a moment to read up on the news, resources, and information around heat-related illness, with our five recommendations from MCN staff.   Alma sent along the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards’ “Safeguarding Summer”, which highlights the... Read More
MCN Statement: Detention Facilities are Inappropriate for Children
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 24, 2019
 The repeated and avoidable deaths of migrant children in detention is unconscionable. We at Migrant Clinicians Network demand immediate implementation of greater safeguards and better conditions to reduce the likelihood of yet more deaths. As clinicians, we recognize the impact of pre- and peri-migration stress and trauma on the health of migrants, who are then further stressed and... Read More
Five on Friday: Puerto Ricans Still Living Under Tarps
By: MCN Admin, May. 23, 2019
 May is close to the end; it’s the official kickoff to summer!  Before you head to the barbecue or  pack up your swimsuit and sunscreen, take a moment to read some of the news pieces and resources that we shared amongst ourselves here at MCN this week.   Marysel sent over this article on the shocking number of people still struggling in poor conditions after... Read More
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