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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

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
Kevin Alfaro-Martinez and Eva Galvez stand in front of health center.
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 25, 2019
Kevin Alfaro-Martinez and Eva Galvez stand in front of health center.Kevin Alfaro-Martinez is a Primary Care Community Outreach Worker at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a community health center with several clinics in the suburban and agricultural regions just west of Portland. In 2007, Virginia Garcia launched care teams, with a referral coordinator, patient care coordinator, and nurse... Read More
Thumbnail of Farmworkers working in an agricultural field
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 21, 2019
 It’s summer solstice! Before you head out to enjoy an extra-long light-filled evening, take a moment to read five of the news pieces that we shared among ourselves here at MCN this week.   Karen shared a piece from Australia, “High Stillbirth Rates in Migrant and Refugee Women Can Be Prevented.” She also sent an article about what happens when a migrant child crosses the... Read More
ICE agent putting on gear
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 20, 2019
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” -President Trump, via Twitter, June 17, 2019Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s announcement of future mass immigration arrests. The President’s tweet earlier this week greatly threatens the health and well-being of... Read More
Taking a Pulse: Migrant Clinicians Network’s 2019 Poll
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 19, 2019
  A new Migrant Clinicians Network poll of 71 health care providers and clinical staff from 16 US states and Puerto Rico found that 68 percent of respondents have seen a change in immigrant or migrant patients’ attitudes or feelings toward health care access or receiving care.  Of those who indicated that they have seen a change, 40 percent have seen this change only in the last... Read More
In Memoriam: Charles Van Der Horst, MD
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 18, 2019
Migrant Clinicians Network mourns the passing of Charles Van Der Horst, MD, a fierce advocate for health access, a prominent HIV/AIDS researcher, and emeritus professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. [ Charles Van Der Horst, MD was arrested for civil disobedience in protest of the General Assembly's refusal to accept Medicaid expansion... Read More
Five on Friday: Father's Day
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 14, 2019
 Happy Father’s Day! This Sunday, skip the new barbecue tools and cologne, and give the father in your life the gift of health. Go for a family day hike, swim some laps in the local community pool, or enjoy a heart-healthy vegetable-rich picnic lunch. Heart disease is the number one killer of men in the US regardless of race or ethnicity, and diet and exercise can prevent it. Among men... Read More
Blue Tarps: Puerto Rico, Hurricane Season, and Vulnerable Populations
By: Marysel Pagan-S..., Jun. 13, 2019
[ Photo provided by CSM ][Editor’s Note: This week, we kick off a short blog series over the course of the 2019 hurricane season focused on Puerto Rico. Here, MCN’s Puerto Rico Program Manager, Marysel Pagán-Santana, MS, DrPH, gives us the update from the field. As a side note, this is the first time that we present Pagán-Santana as a DrPH. Congratulations, Marysel!]At the beginning of this month... Read More
In The Field: Occupational Health in Calexico with Ventanilla de Salud of the Me
By: Alma Galván, Jun. 10, 2019
 As part of “Filling the Gap in Worker Training: Capacity Building for Occupational Safety and Health,” supported by the Susan Harwood Capacity Building Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, I traveled across the country to assist with a monitoring visit to the Ventanilla de Salud in Calexico, CA, where partners Adriana Buelna and Marlet Vizcarra both work as... Read More
Five on Friday: World Day Against Child Labor
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 7, 2019
 On June 12th, we honor World Day Against Child Labor. Launched by the International Labor Organization in 2002, it brings our attention to the continued problem of children at work throughout the world. This week, the Washington Post ran two articles of note on child labor: the first, a disturbing piece on child migrant labor in the chocolate industry, and the second, a piece on child labor... Read More
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