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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: California to Ban Chlorpyrifos
By: MCN Admin, May. 9, 2019
 Happy Friday! Here’s your weekly dose of migrant health news, offered up by MCN staff.   Amy says, “Way to go, California!” with the Golden State’s newly announced ban on chlorpyrifos.  Kate shared another EPA ruling: “EPA Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Issuing Asbestos Rule, Memos Show.”  Saul sent around the horrifying news, “A 16-year-old... Read More
Patient discusses costs with doctor
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 9, 2019
 How many clinicians hold a conversation with patients around the potential costs of this visit’s care? For low-income patients, who have little to no savings, the fear of paying for a health crisis increases the anxiety and stress around the diagnosis itself, including a chronic condition like diabetes. And yet, according to a paper published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine,... Read More
Five on Friday: Workers' Memorial Week
By: MCN Admin, May. 3, 2019
 Earlier this week, we marked the end of Workers’ Memorial Week. Workers encounter hazards every day that cause needless injuries, illnesses, and even deaths. We commemorate this week to honor those who have died, and to strive to prevent future preventable deaths related to work. This week’s Five on Friday explores articles and resources related to worker health and safety, recommended by... Read More
Be Prepared to Be Engaged
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 1, 2019
Earlier this year, Vicki Thuesen, NP, learned about a simple new strategy to better patient outcomes during a Migrant Clinicians Network and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium learning collaborative. The strategy, titled Be Prepared to Be Engaged, aims to help patients and their families prepare for and become more fully engaged in their medical appointments. “The presenter had said they had... Read More
Construction worker in the sun
By: Katherine Kruse, Apr. 29, 2019
In June 2018, 24-year-old Mexico native Miguel Angel Guzman Chavez collapsed while picking tomatoes in a field in Colquitt County, Georgia. At the time that he fell ill, the temperature in fields was 95 degrees with a heat index of 104 degrees. After being in the United States for just one week, the young man suffered extreme heat exhaustion, which later escalated into heat stroke, cardiac arrest... Read More
Five on Friday: Crisis in Clinics on the Border
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 26, 2019
 Friday is once again luring us into the weekend! Before you head out the door, here are a few reads recommended by MCN staff.   Ed recommended that we take the Global Tuberculosis Institute’s survey to help the institute learn about the content and format primary care providers are interested in for LTBI materials.  Alma shared NPR’s piece, “At The US-Mexico Border... Read More
Example of bandana drawing featuring woman holding out her hand
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 25, 2019
 Last Tuesday, Roxana Pineda, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Ventanilla de Salud Coordinator, set out crisp white bandanas and an assortment of fabric markers, around a long table. Here at the Mexican Consulate in Austin, where the Ventanilla de Salud links visitors with health services and resources, Pineda spends lots of time organizing health fairs that feature community partners giving... Read More
Spring Streamline: Motivational Interviewing - thumbnail
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 24, 2019
[Editor’s Note: Our spring issue of Streamline is arriving in mailboxes around the country. This issue helps clinicians uncover jobs in the ‘gig economy’ to better understand environmental and occupational health in the primary care setting; gives key strategies for helping mobile patients exit a trafficking situation; and provides new resources for clinicians to help patients affected by... Read More
The US-Mexico Border Then and Now, with Timothy Dunn
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 22, 2019
(This image is licensed under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode) “Historically, we’re nowhere near the levels we were, at the turn of the century,” noted Timothy Dunn, Professor of Sociology at Salisbury University and noted scholar on immigration enforcement along the US-Mexico border. Dunn is referring to Border Patrol apprehensions, a topic widely covered in recent... Read More
Five on Friday: Farmers Flee Climate Change
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 19, 2019
 MCN’s offices are closed today. Although we’re taking a much-needed rest during our three-day weekend, we still keep up with the latest in health justice for the underserved. Here are a few pieces that caught our eyes this week.   Claire shared this eye-opener on how small coffee farmers are abandoning their struggling crops: “Central American Farmers Head to the US, Fleeing... Read More
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