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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: Reclaiming Puerto Rico's Agricultural History
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 12, 2019
 Climate collapse, the border crisis, physician burnout: these are just a few of the topics we cover in our weekly Five on Friday piece. But there’s a growing undercurrent of community, statewide, national, and international actions that chip away at these massive concerns that have assumed seemingly intractable dimensions in recent years. But they rarely make headlines. Today, we introduce... Read More
Five on Friday: The Crisis of Physician Burnout
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 5, 2019
 Some of our MCN staff have already headed out the door for a longer Independence Day weekend. As we slice wedges of watermelon and shuck the corn on the cob this weekend, let’s take a moment to consider the hundreds of people tending the fields in hot conditions through the holiday weekend to fill our plates, most of whom are immigrants to the US. We believe in our country and our ability... Read More
Orange trees in an orchard
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 2, 2019
 In May, the New York Times ran an article on the recent and significant increase in the use of antibiotics on orange groves in Florida to combat citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that is decimating citrus crops across Florida and threatening California’s. The Environmental Protection Agency is expanding the permitted use of streptomycin and oxytetracycline despite “strenuous... Read More
MCN 35 year anniversary logo
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 1, 2019
 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Migrant Clinicians Network. Since first embarking on this road to empower clinicians serving migrants in 1984, MCN has pushed for health justice throughout the US and beyond. From our innovative and life-saving virtual case management system, Health Network, to powerful and popular ECHO projects, in-person trainings, and webinars, MCN has brought practical... Read More
Five on Friday: Pride Month
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 28, 2019
 Today is the last Friday of June, and as Pride Month wraps up, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s Five on Friday to LGBTQ+ health. Here are five recommended reads from MCN staff in this special Pride edition of Five on Friday.   How the Stonewall Riots Affected LGBTQ Health Care“In many ways, the riots also brought attention to the unique health care needs of the gay... Read More
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
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