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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Emanual Ramirez
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 25, 2019
[Editor’s Note: A recent study identified the health consequences of immigration policy on US citizen children of parents without authorization. Here, a young US citizen describes his own upbringing and the affect his parents’ immigration status had, and continues to have, on his family.]When the Dust Rises“When the Dust Rises” is an anthology of written and photographic submissions from Mount... Read More
MCN's CEO Karen Mountain holding a 35 year anniversary sign
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 24, 2019
“I always knew I wanted to go into health care,” says Karen Mountain, MBA, MSN, RN, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Chief Executive Officer, the first and only leader that MCN has had since its inception, 35 years ago. Mountain’s early endeavors as an adventurous international nurse gave her a global perspective and a desire to support health care delivery at the international level. But it was her... Read More
MCN Chief Medical Officer Laszlo Madaras speaking with asylum seekers.
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 23, 2019
July is a time of reflection for Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Migrant Clinicians Network. A quarter-century ago, in July, 1994, he traveled to Rwanda to serve the urgent health needs of refugees in a camp of 170,000 people fleeing the end of the brutal Rwandan genocide. A year later, he left in July to head to the Hungarian border, where refugees were fleeing the newly... Read More
Five on Friday: July 19, 2019
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 19, 2019
 It’s Friday again! Before you head off into another summer weekend, read a few pieces that we’ve been sharing here at MCN. The fifth piece, our “weekly win” focuses on good news in our fight for health justice.   Alma sent around the research article, “Population Health: The Diabetes Educator’s Evolving Role.”  Candace shared Farmworker Justice’s new comic on... Read More
Five on Friday: Reclaiming Puerto Rico's Agricultural History
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 12, 2019
 Climate collapse, the border crisis, physician burnout: these are just a few of the topics we cover in our weekly Five on Friday piece. But there’s a growing undercurrent of community, statewide, national, and international actions that chip away at these massive concerns that have assumed seemingly intractable dimensions in recent years. But they rarely make headlines. Today, we introduce... Read More
Five on Friday: The Crisis of Physician Burnout
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 5, 2019
 Some of our MCN staff have already headed out the door for a longer Independence Day weekend. As we slice wedges of watermelon and shuck the corn on the cob this weekend, let’s take a moment to consider the hundreds of people tending the fields in hot conditions through the holiday weekend to fill our plates, most of whom are immigrants to the US. We believe in our country and our ability... Read More
Orange trees in an orchard
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 2, 2019
 In May, the New York Times ran an article on the recent and significant increase in the use of antibiotics on orange groves in Florida to combat citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that is decimating citrus crops across Florida and threatening California’s. The Environmental Protection Agency is expanding the permitted use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline despite “strenuous... Read More
MCN 35 year anniversary logo
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 1, 2019
 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Migrant Clinicians Network. Since first embarking on this road to empower clinicians serving migrants in 1984, MCN has pushed for health justice throughout the US and beyond. From our innovative and life-saving virtual case management system, Health Network, to powerful and popular ECHO projects, in-person trainings, and webinars, MCN has brought practical... Read More
Five on Friday: Pride Month
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 28, 2019
 Today is the last Friday of June, and as Pride Month wraps up, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s Five on Friday to LGBTQ+ health. Here are five recommended reads from MCN staff in this special Pride edition of Five on Friday.   How the Stonewall Riots Affected LGBTQ Health Care“In many ways, the riots also brought attention to the unique health care needs of the gay... Read More
The Rodriguez family. Front row: Liliana, 13, and Alejandro, 10. Back row: Adria
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 27, 2019
The Rodriguez family. Front row: Liliana, 13, and Alejandro, 10. Back row: Adrian,15; Jose, father; Izaak, 18; and Carmen, mother.[Editor’s Note: It’s the end of Pride Month. Today, we hear from the mother of a transgender boy, on the struggles and joys of accepting a child for who he is. See below for resources for clinicians serving transgender patients.]Four years ago, Carmen Rodriguez had... Read More
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