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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Next Steps: Keeping Essential Workers Essential, After the Pandemic
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 27, 2020
Photo: (c) www.earldotter.com [Editor’s Note: April 28th is Workers Memorial Day. Every year, we honor those workers who have died on the job by pushing for better protections to prevent future deaths. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the need for better protections for the health of our essential workers is indisputable.]For perhaps the first time in American history,... Read More
Five on Friday: More Protection Needed for Essential Workers
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 24, 2020
Summer is just around the corner, and some of the warmer pockets of our country are already producing summer crops, like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. As COVID-19 disrupts food distribution and slows farm work, we are grateful to the thousands of workers who are still toiling in the fields to bring us those long-craved jewels of summer. This week, as expected, COVID-19 was center stage, and... Read More
Position Statement: Immigration Policies Must Shift During COVID-19 Pandemic
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 23, 2020
Representative Jim McGovern visits the Ursula Detention Center in McAllen, TX.Migrant Clinicians Network calls on immigration authorities to rescind dangerous immigration policies that put refugees and migrants, and border communities, at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.In May 2019, the Trump Administration began enforcing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also called “Remain in Mexico”,... Read More
Worker Safety is Safety for All of Us
By: Amy Liebman, Apr. 21, 2020
Photo by Earl DotterBy Amy K. Liebman, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Migrant Clinicians Network“There are mountains beyond mountains. The struggle continues.” Citing the Haitian proverb, my colleague (and former MCN Board Member) Wilson Augustave wrote these words in response to my Facebook post where I shared the grief of my friend Habacuc Petion who had just lost his cousin... Read More
A farmworker carrying cranberries
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 20, 2020
During our weekly all-staff meeting, MCN staff members discussed the worrying health consequences of the proposed pay cut for H2A workers in the midst of the pandemic, during which such workers are essential to our basic food system. Luckily, it appears that the Trump Administration is no longer attempting to reduce H2A worker wages, but such a suggestion is concerning. Reduced pay for H2A... Read More
Five on Friday: Immigrants Afraid to Seek Testing
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 17, 2020
Not surprisingly, this week’s recommendations from MCN staff members once again heavily leaned toward COVID-19, particularly around the health needs of farmworkers. The pandemic has shined a much-needed spotlight on the essential nature of farmwork to keep our food system operating. And yet, necessary and long-overdue safety and health precautions and access to even basic health care haven’t yet... Read More
Health Centers on the Frontlines: Mary's Center on Virtual Enabling Services
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 16, 2020
 At Mary’s Center, a large Washington, DC and Maryland-based community health center with five clinical sites, two senior service centers, and 23 school-based mental health sites in partnership with DC public schools, Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, Chief Transformation Officer, is taking it one day at a time. As COVID-19 and the accompanying economic crisis -- resulting in a national trend of fewer... Read More
Five on Friday: Community Health Centers and COVID-19
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 10, 2020
Friday is here! MCN staff have been forwarding and recommending dozens of resources and news pieces all week, about health justice, migrants and immigrants, clinicians on the frontlines, and vulnerable populations. Who knew that the pace of the news cycle could speed up even more? Here is a selection of five of the pieces we shared among ourselves this week. What deserves to be on the list? Let... Read More
Take MCN’s 2020 Poll: What Is Changing for Immigrant & Migrant Patients?
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 8, 2020
ICE raids. Public charge. Rhetoric around immigration. In the last three years, clinicians who have taken MCN’s annual poll have confirmed that forces outside of the clinic interrupt health care access for immigrant and migrant patients. For some, fear and anxiety has driven patients to avoid getting the care they need. For others, policy and enforcement have directly limited access to care. How... Read More
Five on Friday: "We must assure the health of farmworkers"
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 3, 2020
The weekend has arrived! For many of us, we can clear away the homeschool worksheets and dueling work-from-home laptops from the kitchen table and enjoy two days of rest. But many workers like farmworkers -- who, at long last, are recognized for their essential contributions to our society -- will continue to work as the spring crops ripen. We’ve been heartened to see an increase of attention on... Read More
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