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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: COVID-19 and Chronic Stress
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 11, 2020
Another very busy week at MCN is wrapping up. Here, we share five articles that we shared with each other. Peek into MCN staff inboxes with this week’s edition of Five on Friday. Got news or resources to share? We love to hear about them. Share with us on Facebook or Twitter. Alma (in Massachusetts) shared "Why Researchers are Worried about Chronic Stress and COVID-19.” Kaethe offered... Read More
Statement: Community Health Workers, Outreach & Education Must Be Front & Center
By: Karen Mountain, Sep. 8, 2020
[Editor’s Note: Last week, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Mountain, MBA, MSN, RN, spoke during the public comment session to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the National Academies’ Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. Here are Mountain’s comments. A video of the entire five-hour... Read More
Five on Friday: COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 4, 2020
It's Friday! Time to round up five articles or resources that MCN staff shared this week. Here are our picks for the week. Amy was excited to see that the connection between public health and housing was recognized by the government this week: “CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Amid Pandemic.” Candace forwarded on the announcement of a new initiative by Justice... Read More
MCN’s Dr. Ed Zuroweste to New York State Labor and Wage Board on Overtime: “We C
By: Edward Zuroweste, Sep. 1, 2020
[Editor’s note: Back in March, MCN’s Ed Zuroweste, Founding Medical Director, was slated to testify to the New York State Labor and Wage Board on a proposed 60-hours-per-week threshold over which time-and-a-half must be paid to farmworkers. The testimony was postponed because of the pandemic. Dr. Zuroweste was able to testify last week virtually, from his rural home in upstate New York, right... Read More
Five on Friday: "A CIViC DUTY"
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 28, 2020
Have you heard of A CIViC DUTY? No, not your civic duty to vote – although that important civic duty has been called "a public health emergency” recently in some virtual hallways. We’re referring to a new acronym that is being circulated to help people remember the recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19: Avoid Crowding, Indoors, low Ventilation, Close proximity, long Duration, Unmasked,... Read More
Essential: Protecting Farmworkers from Wildfire Smoke in California
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 27, 2020
This week, as fires burned across California, blackening skies and raining ash on ripe crops, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) reminded employers of the California regulation to protect farmworkers and other outdoor workers from unhealthy air from smoke.“If employers cannot move operations indoors where air is adequately filtered and they do not have access to... Read More
Witness to Witness Provides Rapid Psychosocial Support for Community Health Work
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 25, 2020
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Alma Galván MCH, MCN’s Senior Program Manager, approached Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Director of the Witness to Witness (W2W) program, to talk about the virus, its disproportionate effects on Latinx communities, and the short- and long-term mental health consequences on community health workers (CHWs), those trying to bolster... Read More
Five on Friday: Maternity Care at the Border
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 20, 2020
In McAllen, Texas, MCN’s Nahiely “Pinky” Garcia reports that there is still plenty of good news in this troubling world. She works as a Health Network Associate, linking pregnant asylum seekers and their families with care, from the MCN office inside of the Catholic Charities Respite Center close to the US-Mexico border.  “We have been having new babies here at the Respite Center along with... Read More
Preparing for the Fall: The Critical Work of Keeping Patients Up To Date on Vacc
By: Laszlo Madaras, Aug. 19, 2020
By Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Migrant Clinicians NetworkAt the height of a COVID-19 spike at my hospital, when my community was listed as a hotspot in the national news, a man in his mid-40s presented with a fever, achiness, and a rash. He didn’t have a cough, but, recognizing that COVID-19 has such a wide range of presentations and seeing his flu-like symptoms in the non-... Read More
Five on Friday: Farmworkers Vulnerable to the Virus
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 14, 2020
COVID-19 continues to spotlight the shocking conditions under which American “essential” farmworkers toil daily. When COVID-19 becomes part of history – which we all hope will be very soon – what will happen to the racist and exploitative structures embedded within industrial agriculture, that have left farmworkers so vulnerable to the virus? Here, we continue to share some of the reports about... Read More
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