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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: The Toll of Climate Change on Public Health
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 13, 2021
No climate activist enjoys IPCC report-release days. The reports are always stark. The International Panel on Climate Change, the group tasked by the UN to assess climate change progression, has this time declared in its newest report that the entire human race must immediately and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the largest scale possible, in order to prevent the "worst case... Read More
From Streamline: Hunger Hits Those Who Produce Our Food
By: Jillian Hopewell, Aug. 12, 2021
By Jillian Hopewell [Editor’s Note: COVID-19 has exposed the dangerous working conditions, low wages, and lack of worker protection that agricultural workers have endured for decades. In part because of these conditions, agricultural workers have been at a higher risk of COVID-19. These same agricultural workers experience many additional concerning social determinants of health as a result... Read More
Five on Friday: Farmworkers Impacted by Wildfire Smoke
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 6, 2021
Terrifying heat fueled by the climate disaster, the spread of COVID-19 variants, smoke spreading across the US from megafires hundreds of miles away – these terrible events don’t just endanger our health; they expose underlying inequities that increase health risks for certain people. Immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers already encounter significant barriers to essential basic care. As... Read More
Migrant Clinicians Network Reveals Ventilation Checklist for Safe Workplaces
By: Robert Kinnaird, Aug. 2, 2021
By Robert KinnairdAs COVID-19 primarily spreads through the air, workplaces with poor ventilation are among the most endangered by the virus. To address the problems poor ventilation can create, even beyond the current pandemic, Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) has created a checklist in partnership with the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) that workers... Read More
Five on Friday: Workers at the Border Receive Vaccines
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 30, 2021
The heat of summer continues. Many farmworkers are starting their days hours before the rest of us rise, to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Their hard work is bringing us our summer favorites. Our recently updated Heat Stress page includes our Clinicians’ Guide to Heat-Related Illness -- be sure to check it out. And now on to Five on Friday, where we offer up five articles that we shared... Read More
MCN Brings Much-Needed Farmworker, Clinician Perspectives to Pesticide Conferenc
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 29, 2021
Alma Galván, MCH, MCN’s Senior Program Manager; Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, Eva Galvez, MD, from MCN’s Board of Directors; Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Executive Director of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.; and Amy Liebman, MPA, MCN’s Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, at PACT 2021.Last week, when Migrant Clinicians Network’s Alma Galván, MCH, provided the... Read More
Five on Friday: Workers Grapple with Climate Crisis
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 23, 2021
A hundred years ago this week, a child received the first BCG vaccine for tuberculosis. Ed reminded us that this vaccine didn’t stop the bacteria – it doesn’t prevent infection or active TB disease -- but it does prevent newborn TB meningitis, which has saved millions of babies’ lives in the last century. “However, what is more astonishing is that we are using exactly the same vaccine, and it has... Read More
It is Never Too Late to Soften Grief
By: Kaethe Weingarten, Jul. 21, 2021
By Kaethe Weingarten, PhDThis month marks the 45th anniversary of my mother’s death and, finally, it feels different.  I am carrying a piece of what pained me more lightly, which is making this time of year easier than usual. In the last year and a half, an estimated 600,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19.  Some estimates are higher and if you count deaths that... Read More
Five on Friday: Washington State Sets Heat Rule for Farmworkers
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 16, 2021
It’s hot out there! As we continue our work through the summer, we recognize the demanding and dangerous work of farmworkers and other outdoor workers whose vulnerability rises as temperatures increase. Speaking of heat, Kaethe shared some good news from Washington state. The State Department of Labor and Industries ruled that farmworkers must have shade and rest breaks under emergency rules... Read More
Top 5 Best COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Migrants & Immigrants
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 13, 2021
The summer is in full swing and vaccination campaigns are struggling. The initial rush has slowed, and many communities find themselves with more vaccines than people who want them. Yet, simultaneously, many migrant and immigrant communities are reporting that people who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine still can’t get one. Why not? Some are fearful about the possibility of exposing their... Read More
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