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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Gena Byrd on site with H2A farmworkers
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 5, 2019
[The Greene County Health Care staff. Gena Byrd is third from the right.]“It’s very, very busy this time a year.” That’s the update from Gena Byrd, RN, a nurse with Greene County Health Care, a community health center in North Carolina. One of the true migrant health centers, Greene County supports its mobile agricultural workers through a robust in-the-field program, through which Byrd logs many... Read More
Woman looks out from under umbrella in the rain.
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 4, 2019
John Ghertner, MD, has been living and working as a physician for the migrant community in the Finger Lakes region of New York State since around 1980.  His integration into the community -- he says he’s a padrino for several children, and is a designated guardian for a local child should the parents be deported --  has led him to be a migrant health advocate as well, even after... Read More
Five on Friday: National Heat Awareness Day
By: MCN Admin, May. 31, 2019
 Today is National Heat Awareness Day. As we roll into the summer, with the Southwest already experiencing a significant heat wave, let’s take a moment to read up on the news, resources, and information around heat-related illness, with our five recommendations from MCN staff.   Alma sent along the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards’ “Safeguarding Summer”, which highlights the... Read More
MCN Statement: Detention Facilities are Inappropriate for Children
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 24, 2019
 The repeated and avoidable deaths of migrant children in detention is unconscionable. We at Migrant Clinicians Network demand immediate implementation of greater safeguards and better conditions to reduce the likelihood of yet more deaths. As clinicians, we recognize the impact of pre- and peri-migration stress and trauma on the health of migrants, who are then further stressed and... Read More
Five on Friday: Puerto Ricans Still Living Under Tarps
By: MCN Admin, May. 23, 2019
 May is close to the end; it’s the official kickoff to summer!  Before you head to the barbecue or  pack up your swimsuit and sunscreen, take a moment to read some of the news pieces and resources that we shared amongst ourselves here at MCN this week.   Marysel sent over this article on the shocking number of people still struggling in poor conditions after... Read More
Year in Review: Protecting Farmworker Children from Environmental Contaminants
By: MCN Admin, May. 20, 2019
After an incredibly successful first year, Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and our partner, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) are ready and excited to kick off the second year of our community-based environmental health education program.Our project, It Takes Community: Protecting Farmworker Children from Environmental Contaminants is supported by the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating... Read More
Five on Friday: Protecting Farmworker Children
By: MCN Admin, May. 17, 2019
 In many parts of the flood-hit Midwest, farmers are still waiting for soil to dry out to plant. In California, an unusual late-season storm brought winter rain to summer crops that typically rely only on irrigation.  It seems most of the country is experienced strange weather, and such fluctuations affect farmworkers, who haven’t arrived in some areas, which in turn affect the many... Read More
Medscape Perspective: Stagnant Patient Records Are Public Health Problem
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 16, 2019
 Mobile patients -- whether a professional who gets sick at an out-of-town conference or a farmworker who moves every three weeks for work -- often find that health records aren’t available when they are most needed. In our tech-obsessed and hypermobile society, how have our health records lagged so far behind? In a new perspective piece published on Medscape, entitled “Stagnant Patient... Read More
Luis Retta, Health Network Associate
By: Monique Vasquez, May. 15, 2019
 [Editor’s note: Let’s celebrate our Health Network team, the hardworking people who save lives by assuring continuity of care!  Health Network is our bridge case management program that provides comprehensive case management, medical records transfer, and follow-up services for mobile patients.  Here’s our fourth installment highlighting the Health Network team, with a piece on... Read More
Dr. Madaras at the UN: TB Can Be Controlled through Universal Health Coverage
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 14, 2019
 At the end of April, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH headed to the United Nations in New York City for a multi-stakeholder hearing on universal health coverage, ahead of a UN High Level Meeting on the topic in September.  The meeting “aims to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential... Read More
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