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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

MCN Five on Friday - Statue of Liberty
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 2, 2018
 March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Migrants and immigrants experience barriers to getting important preventative screenings, and perceptions around screenings may worsen the likelihood that they follow through even if they do have access. Yet, without those screenings, many immigrants are diagnosed too late for treatments to be successful. MCN’s cancer resources page provides... Read More
Woman speaking to audience in front of presentation screen
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 1, 2018
 Austin’s famous nightlife -- think South by Southwest, or the X Games -- fuels a thriving hospitality industry that employs thousands of workers at hotels spattered across the city. Alma Galván, MCH, Senior Program Manager for MCN, says maintenance and cleaning workers in hotels are one group of workers that is regularly exposed to chemicals on the job -- and those workers’ health is at... Read More
Child's face over bed of leaves - Illustration by Jessica Johnson
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 28, 2018
Illustration by Jessica Johnson Two years ago, Juan,* a sixteen-year-old farmworker, was tasked to apply pesticides to a field of tobacco in North Carolina. Juan mixed and applied the pesticides with a backpack sprayer for several days. When he returned home, Juan suffered with severe nausea and dizziness, common symptoms from acute pesticide poisoning. Other typical symptoms include... Read More
Deliana Garcia standing next to migrant health team
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 27, 2018
 Last week, MCN’s Deliana Garcia, Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues, joined dozens of population health researchers for a multi-day summit at The University of Texas Dell Medical School entitled, “Puentes: Advancing Population Health Research,” focused on population health on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. Mexican health institutes joined UT Austin researchers... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 23, 2018
 Friday is once again tugging on our brains, luring us into the weekend before 5pm… What are your plans this weekend? Care to add a little bit of health reading into the mix? Here are five recommendations from MCN staff.  A side effect of tuberculosis in India: crippling debt  Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems & Women’s Health, forwarded on “two TB articles --... Read More
worker painting room
By: Alyssa Finley, Feb. 20, 2018
 [Editor’s note: Alyssa Finley is MCN’s environmental and occupational health intern at the Salisbury, Maryland office. Finley is a senior at Salisbury University’s School of Social Work. Here, she gives us a glimpse into our post-webinar data collection world.]  With the change in weather, there also comes a change in workload. Spring brings with it the hammering of nails and sounds of... Read More
Woman with stethoscope
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 19, 2018
 We at Migrant Clinicians Network are deeply committed to the development of a health care workforce that meets the needs of all individuals in every community. The pursuit of a clinical workforce that is competent in multiple languages and culturally diverse continues. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative provided opportunities for higher education, including... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 16, 2018
 The flu makes its appearance not just in this week’s Five on Friday recommendations -- it’s responsible for the slowdown of our dear blog! But we’ll be back and in full force next week. For now, I’ve pushed aside the ginger tea and tissues box to pull up the top five recommendations from MCN this week. Enjoy and stay healthy!  Current Flu Vaccine Does Not Protect Elderly ... Read More
MCN Five on Friday Valentine's Edition
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 9, 2018
 It’s the week before Valentine’s Day! For those heading out to buy last-minute gifts, consult the Food Empowerment Project’s regularly updated list of chocolate companies they recommend, to assure your chocolate hearts were not harvested or processed by indentured children, a far-too-common reality in West Africa’s cocoa regions. Flower workers in South America go into overdrive ahead of a... Read More
MCN's Rosie Sokas
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Feb. 8, 2018
 “Please consider the impact of this chemical on the health of Marylanders, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most exposed.” - Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency was set to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos after years of study showed that exposure to the organophosphate insecticide contributes to a wide range of health complications,... Read More
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