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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Puerto Rico Flags
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 31, 2018
 New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms what clinicians on the ground already knew: the official death toll from devastating Hurricane Maria is vastly underestimated.  The report estimates that at least 4,600 people died as a result of the hurricane, 70 times larger than Puerto Rico's official death toll of 64. We turned to Dr. Jose O. Rodriguez, Family... Read More
MCN Five on Friday Flag on rock wall
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 25, 2018
 Memorial Day weekend is a time of contrasts. We spend time honoring those who have died fighting America’s wars over the past two and a half centuries, while enjoying the unofficial kick-off of summer with an extra day off. In Waterloo, which is claimed “the birthplace of Memorial Day” -- residents have been observing Decoration Day as far back as 1866, the year after the end of the Civil... Read More
Word cloud featuring participant feedback
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 24, 2018
 This week marks the conclusion of our five-month ECHO sessions on diabetes and hypertension. As part of the closing, we asked participants to choose one word to describe the experience, and a short reasoning on their choice. One participant, who chose the word “revelation,” said, “I chose this word because I had already heard much of the information we covered, but in my head the concepts... Read More
Woman considering her future
By: Monique Vasquez, May. 23, 2018
 [Editor’s Note:This post comes to us from Monique Vasquez, Health Network Intern and student at UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. You can read her previous blog post here.] Two weeks ago, Donald Glover, under his music artist name Childish Gambino, released a haunting music video, “This is America.” As many have already pointed out, the video’s imagery is powerful. The riots... Read More
MCN Five on Friday woman in graduation gown and cap
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 18, 2018
 As we glide into the graduation season, we’d like to send our congratulations to all of those who are completing their studies!  Before you rush into another busy May weekend, take a moment to get caught up on , each recommended by MCN staff.   ‘We made it this far. We will be doctors.’  Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, gave a nod to... Read More
Physician measuring blood pressure
By: Martha Alvarado, May. 17, 2018
 Today is World Hypertension Day, during which we recognize the“silent killer” and its impact on people around the world and push for stronger programs for prevention and control of hypertension. Too often, patients suffer from both hypertension and diabetes. As we wrap up the final weeks of our ECHO series on hypertension, which complemented our recent ECHO series on diabetes, I contacted... Read More
mother and child
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 14, 2018
 As health care providers, we at Migrant Clinicians Network strongly oppose immigration policy that separates children from their parents. The lifelong health impacts of such trauma administered by the US government are significant and unacceptable. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as separation from parents and time spent in detention are well documented to negatively affect health... Read More
heart card
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 11, 2018
 It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and we want to send out our love and appreciation to all the mothers out there! We at MCN work to bring health, well-being, and safety to families everywhere, particularly among the mobile poor. Please consider giving a gift to MCN in honor of a mother you know and love.  Here are some staff recommendations from this week, with moms at the center.  ... Read More
sad woman with hand on forehead
By: Eva Galvez, May. 10, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: This blog post comes from MCN Board Member Eva Galvez, MD, a family physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a Community Health Center based in Hillsboro, Oregon.] Earlier this week, I saw a patient for her prenatal visit. She is now in her 20th week of pregnancy. Her husband was deported during her tenth week of pregnancy and her seven-year-old son has been... Read More
By: Leslie Diaz, May. 9, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) is a program designed to help Mexican nationals living in the US find and access health care services at 55 consulates throughout the United States. MCN’s Leslie Diaz, MSW, is a Health Network Associate based at the Austin Consulate. Here, she reports back from a recent VDS conference. Read more about our partnership with Ventanilla de Salud here.]... Read More
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