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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

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By: Luis Retta, Oct. 2, 2018
By Luis Edwardo RettaThis time of the year marks the annual Binational Health Week at the Mexican Consulate of Austin. Along with Ventanillas de Salud all over the country, the Austin Ventanilla de Salud seeks to connect health services to the local community. Migrant Clinicians Network partners with the Ventanilla de Salud to assure continuity of care and connection to health services for the... Read More
FonF: Public Charge
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 27, 2018
  Proposed new rules on public charge, the first-ever United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, Hurricane Florence recovery, and numerous other migrant health-related stories weighed down our thoughts this week. We send our gratitude to the thousands of clinicians who are on the frontlines of these issues, lending their time, expertise, and hearts to caring for some of the most... Read More
Pigs behind fence
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 27, 2018
(Photo by: Sandy Millar)During Hurricane Florence, Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Jr., MPH, was with his family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 120 miles from the coast. But his university town, one that usually avoids hurricane damage due to its inland location, was met with a torrential downpour. He watched the waters rise, flooding his neighbors’ homes, his street, the local shopping center. Hurricane... Read More
Woman receives medical treatment
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 24, 2018
(Photo by Earl Dotter)[Editor’s Note: This week, the current Administration took expected but highly disconcerting action on public charge policy, by releasing preliminary but not finalized proposed changes. Benefits that could be considered to determine whether an immigrant may become a “public charge” and therefore ineligible for permanent residency include: Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy;... Read More
Five on Friday: NFSH Week
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 20, 2018
  Today is the final day of National Farm Safety and Health Week. Agricultural workers face some of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, but clinicians can step up and provide information and resources to help agricultural workers stay safe on the job. Check out some of the great resources from the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, including their Farm Safety... Read More
CSM visits residents
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 20, 2018
Photo by CSMOne year ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico. Thousands of people were cut off from basic services and necessities -- but Puerto Rico’s rural community health centers quickly stepped up to fill the void, acting as critical points of command in organizing and distributing aid, food, and clean water; overcoming communication and transportation infrastructure breakdown to... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 19, 2018
 Every morning for three weeks, MCN’s Co-Chief Medical Officers, Ed Zuroweste, MD, and Laszlo Madaras, MD, woke up early in Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands, and went for a run. Despite the scenery -- a gorgeous atoll with white sand beaches and nodding palm trees -- the duo did little else for the day that would constitute a vacation.  As volunteer physicians, they... Read More
farmworkers pose with harvested produce
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Sep. 17, 2018
Photo by Earl Dotter“I came of age professionally in the worker health and safety movement with Earl Dotter’s images, bringing to life, in often painful ways, worker struggles and reinforcing the ongoing need to carry on the fight for worker safety.” -- Amy Liebman, MPA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at MCN, in the introduction to the chapter about farmwork in “LIFE'S WORK, A... Read More
Five on friday: Support for health centers in hurricanes
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 13, 2018
  Another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network! Here are some updates from the world of public health and health justice that we thought you’d enjoy, chosen by MCN staff members.   Karen, CEO, shared “As Ebola Case Counts Climb, Multiple Outbreaks Beat Down on the DRC.”   Jillian, Director of Education and Communication, asks health center... Read More
Reprint: Hurricane deaths in PR
By: MCN Admin, Sep. 13, 2018
 [Editor's Note: Experts on the ground agree with the medical publication: the death toll from Maria was devastating. In this interview from May, Dr. Jose O. Rodriguez, Family Medicine Specialist and Medical Director of General Hospital Castañer in Puerto Rico explains why so many people died in the wake of Hurricane Maria.]New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine... Read More
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