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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: Farmworkers Dying as Infections Spike
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 5, 2020
This week, our wonderful Chief Medical Officer, Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, gained yet another set of letters after his name: FAAFP, as he has now become a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Congratulations, Laz!  Here are some pieces we shared this week at MCN that we’d like to share with you: Amy shared “Public Health Experts Say the Pandemic Is Exactly Why Protests... Read More
A Tribute to a Patient Who Died of COVID-19
By: Laszlo Madaras, Jun. 3, 2020
By Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for the Migrant Clinicians NetworkHis name, translated from French, was something like “Dear Heart”* I got to know him when I admitted him to our rural Pennsylvania hospital, and I found the name fit him well.  That week, as the hospitalist admitter for the emergency room, I evaluated patients from noon to 7pm every day – but Dear Heart stood... Read More
What Primary Care Means: Notes from Amy K. Liebman on the Patient Perspective
By: Amy Liebman, Jun. 2, 2020
[Editor’s Note: Earlier today, Amy K. Liebman, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health for Migrant Clinicians Network, presented to the Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care, of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She described what primary care means for migrant and immigrant patients across the US, based on what our clinical network shares... Read More
Position Statement: Standing in Solidarity Against Racial Violence and Injustice
By: MCN Admin, Jun. 2, 2020
Migrant Clinicians Network, a nonprofit dedicated to health justice, mourns and condemns the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. Racism, as we have witnessed throughout our nation’s history and which remains pernicious, unrelenting, and unaddressed today, has deadly consequences. Racial violence and police brutality, widespread and at times highly visible,... Read More
Five on Friday: Significant Risks to Health Workers During Pandemic
By: MCN Admin, May. 29, 2020
It can be a challenge to select just five pieces to highlight each week. Here are some of the articles that we bet you haven’t seen yet this week -- and we think you’ll enjoy them and maybe find them useful in your own work in health justice in the age of COVID-19. Laz uses David Aronoff, MD’s metaphor to describe to COVID-19 patients how remdesivir is only effective when given early in the... Read More
We’re not blaming the elderly. We’re not blaming healthcare workers. So why do w
By: Amy Liebman, May. 27, 2020
By Amy K. Liebman, MPA Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Migrant Clinicians Network, Salisbury, MD Each day I watch in utter dismay the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases among essential workers processing our beef, pork and poultry. Across the US, at least 15,000 workers are infected and over 60 have died from this novel virus. What’s even more disconcerting is that... Read More
Five on Friday: Undocumented but Essential
By: MCN Admin, May. 22, 2020
It's Friday! Time to round up five articles or resources that MCN staff shared. Here are our picks for the week. Alma in Massachusetts shared, “Indocumentados pero esenciales,” an in-depth article from Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.Marysel sent around, “'Mamá, I'm Still Hungry': In Puerto Rico, Child Hunger Becomes A Flashpoint.”Amy really liked this article, from the author of Fast Food... Read More
Health Justice in 2020
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 19, 2020
The world has shifted significantly since the start of this year, and yet, at Migrant Clinicians Network, our core agenda to build practical solutions at the intersection of vulnerability, migration, and health remains unchanged. COVID-19 is not discriminating in who it infects, yet the pandemic has laid bare the underlying inequities of our global health systems. Those who have the resources and... Read More
Five on Friday: U.S. Suspends Protections for Children at Border
By: MCN Admin, May. 15, 2020
Apparently, searches for “what day is it” have considerably spiked in our lockdown world. Well, here’s a hint: It’s Five on Friday time! Here are five recommendations from Migrant Clinicians Network staff in the world of health justice and beyond. Ed found this “very interesting and comprehensive description of several epidemiological reviews of outbreaks of COVID-19.” Theressa shared “... Read More
Health Centers on the Frontlines: Finger Lakes Community Health on Telehealth
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 11, 2020
Toward the end of March, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect US communities, an expeditious jump to virtual health care transpired at health centers across the country. Finger Lakes Community Health, a community health center in New York State, had a significant advantage over most: their telehealth program had already been up and running for almost 14 years. Even so, they felt taken off-... Read More
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