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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Child stares at border fence
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 4, 2019
What’s happening at the border bridges?Dr. Griffin explains that, typically, an immigrant who wishes to seek asylum approaches the center of a walking bridge that crosses the Rio Grande to the US and requests asylum when encountering US Customs and Border Patrol agents. In recent months, immigrants have not been permitted to approach the center of the bridge; they are forced to wait off the... Read More
Five on Friday: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
By: MCN Admin, Mar. 29, 2019
 These are the last days of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. But only six of 10 adults aged 50 to 75 -- the recommended age range for routine screening -- were screened in 2015,” says a new WebMD article, which goes on to describe a new mail-in screening that appears to improve screening rates. How can at-home... Read More
Farmworker sprays pesticide on field
By: Sofia Carrasco, Mar. 28, 2019
By Sofia Carrasco Earlier today, Senator Tom Udall introduced legislation that would ban chlorpyrifos across the nation. The bill, entitled Protect Children, Families and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act, comes on the two-year anniversary of the EPA’s decision not to ban the neurotoxic pesticide, despite evidence that it poses unacceptable risks to young children.“Chlorpyrifos has... Read More
End TB Logo
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 25, 2019
[ Graphic from the WHO that illustrates the need for TB treatment globally. ][Editor’s Note: Yesterday, March 24th, was World TB Day. Migrant Clinicians Network has worked hard for many decades to reduce the barriers that people have to accessing and completing treatment for TB, even while on the move. Learn more about Health Network here.]Don't work for recognition, but do work worthy of... Read More
Pregnant woman stand in front of agricultural field
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 22, 2019
[Editor’s Note: Congratulations to our Health Network team and our MCN co-writers for the publication of a Health Network case study in the New England Journal of Medicine! Read ahead for more on the case and its implications.]A 39-year-old pregnant farmworker faces numerous health risks. Engaged in heavy physical labor and exposed to pesticides and heat, she may also face poor living conditions... Read More
FonF Immigration Enforcement Impacts Farmers Thumbnail
By: MCN Admin, Mar. 22, 2019
 In case you missed it: MCN was abuzz this week with the the publication of a Health Network case study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Head over there to listen to an interview with Laz about social distance and migrant care. A lot happened in health justice this week, and here’s a small sampling of articles that the MCN team shared for our weekly Five on Friday.   ... Read More
Dairy worker stands in workplace with cows
By: MCN Admin, Mar. 19, 2019
[Editor’s Note: This celebratory blog post comes to us from our colleagues at the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). Please read the original post on the UMASH website. Congratulations to MCN’s Amy K. Liebman and her co-authors for once again receiving recognition for Seguridad en las lecherías! Read more about the project and access materials on our Dairy Worker Safety... Read More
Five on Friday: Pesticide Regulation Protects Workers
By: MCN Admin, Mar. 15, 2019
 Some of our MCN staff are very active in sharing news pieces. This week, we had a deluge of information coming out of every MCN office. Here, we share recommendations from five MCNers -- two pieces from each person. A double-header!   Amy, when sharing the EPA press release on a new law on key pesticide fees and worker protection, said: “This is important legislation that... Read More
MCN and CSM met with Ana Medrano, a community leader living near Hatillo.
By: Amy Liebman, Mar. 13, 2019
[MCN and CSM met with Ana Medrano, a community leader living near Hatillo.]Last week, Puerto Rico, under severe financial constraints, began cutting food stamp benefits for over a million people. The demand for food stamps went up significantly after Hurricane Maria, which threw many previously stable families into hunger. As climate-strengthened disasters like Maria occur with more frequency,... Read More
Picture of doctor Paul Monahan smiling
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 8, 2019
“I speak specifically here of the loopholes in current laws, which exempt migrant and seasonal farmworkers and farmers from basic worker protection standards afforded to all other workers and child labor laws which do the same. There is movement towards promulgating both of those at this time. One of my colleagues, Dr. Paul Monahan, who is sitting in the back row, has information on each of these... Read More
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