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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

pigs in cage
By: Edward Zuroweste, Feb. 25, 2008
I have been following this story in The Washington Post and The NYT. I feel that I have to share it with you all. There are now at least 13 pork processing workers being diagnosed with a new disease, Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy. What makes it so interesting is that it came to light because a medical INTERPRETER working with Spanish speaking meat packers noticed that two patients she... Read More
Child  getting checkup
By: Edward Zuroweste, Jan. 28, 2008
Join a gathering of clinicians from across the country and show your unity with the uninsured, underinsured, and marginalized people across our nation. We are very excited to be a part of the National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice, a one of a kind event sponsored by many of the major safety-net clinician organizations across the United States. The 2 ½ day event is expected to... Read More
Woman treated in Clinic
By: Karen Mountain, Dec. 20, 2007
I have the great privilege of visiting over 20 migrant and community health centers every year. I am consistently impressed with the quality and dedication I see among health center clinicians. As a rule, clinicians working in federally funded health centers are individuals who highly value compassionate primary care. There are times however, when I see misconceptions among clinicians about what... Read More
Person Holding Injection
By: Edward Zuroweste, Dec. 13, 2007
I recently read an article about the ritual use of mercury in immigrant populations. It jumped out at me because this is an issue that Venkat Prasad, MD, the medical director at Tri-County Community Health Center, has seen in his health center. A couple of years ago, Dr. Prasad wrote about a case of two recently arrived immigrants from Honduras who used mercury injections to ward off evil as... Read More
Statue of Liberty behind bars
By: Edward Zuroweste, Dec. 6, 2007
It has been a rough year for immigrants in number of areas, especially in terms of legislative proposals. Migrant Clinicians Network has just signed on to a letter to Congress asking them to treat immigrants with dignity and fairness. The letter addresses numerous health care policies dealing with immigrants. While I fear that such a letter will have limited impact, I feel strongly that the... Read More
By: Candace Kugel, Dec. 3, 2007
Increasing numbers of worksite raids across the country exemplify the intensity of stepped up immigration enforcement activities. It is especially heart wrenching to hear the stories of citizen children who are left behind in precarious situations when their undocumented parents are detained or deported (see NCLR’s website). In light of these actions, advocates and service providers are... Read More
Doctor filling out form
By: Jennie McLaurin, Nov. 19, 2007
We’ve all heard that immigrants may fear giving out personal information to authorities, especially if they, or their loved ones, are here without documentation. But just how widespread is the problem of requiring Social Security numbers (SSNs) as American residents seek health care? I recently had a first-hand taste of what patients deal with every day. After waiting two months for an... Read More
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