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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Physician faces hurdle
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 10, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: It is bittersweet to share the publishing of MCN’s most recent article. The NIOSH-supported research project featured in this article was championed by Leslie Nickels, a worker safety and health champion and friend of MCN, who passed away at the end of last year.] James, a 36-year-old, arrives at the clinic with out-of-control diabetes, chronic back pain, depression, and... Read More
diabetic test device
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 9, 2018
 How many of your patients with diabetes are keeping their Hemoglobin A1C levels below nine? Migrant Clinicians Network has taken on HRSA’s call to proactively address diabetes and hypertension to bring A1C numbers down, through two newly launched ECHO series in Spanish. Launching this month, the two back-to-back series have been developed just for promotores, community outreach workers... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 5, 2018
 Happy New Year! As 2018 begins and the cold season continues, it's a great time to sip warm tea and cuddle up with a good book! Here are a few that MCN staff have enjoyed in 2017 and into the new year:  The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom  Karen, CEO, offered up “The Newcomers,” by Helen Thorpe, which follows twenty-two refugee... Read More
old woman with cane
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 3, 2018
 A patient is having a hard time getting her diabetes under control. The clinician has done everything -- the correct prescriptions, a class with the dietician, a group lesson and take-home brochure on how to manage diabetes. But she still struggles: she can’t read the brochure very well, as her English is poor. The only market in her neighborhood is a convenience store, so she’s limited on... Read More
Happy New Year
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 2, 2018
 The new year brings renewed hope for meaningful and measurable steps toward health justice for the mobile poor. Amid setbacks and struggles, many gains have been made in the past year -- and more is on the way. Here are the top five ways MCN is forging ahead for health justice in 2018. Assure that migration isn’t a barrier to health care: You’ve used Health Network, MCN’s bridge case... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 22, 2017
 MCN offices are closed today, but we still had plenty to talk about this holiday week. What health justice stories and resources excited you this week? What can you use in the new year?   A Journey Through a Land of Extreme Poverty: Welcome to America  Alyssa, Environmental and Occupational Health Intern, emailed this article about the travels of UN's Philip Alston... Read More
Tomato Worker's Health and Safety Guide
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 21, 2017
 Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in North America, but across southern Florida, agricultural workers are still picking the tastes of summer. Along this tropical finger of the US, millions of pounds of tomatoes are grown, picked mature and green, and shipped to every corner of the nation, eventually arriving as a delicate slice of red tomato on a burger near you.... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 15, 2017
 Happy Friday to you! Here are five pieces that caught our attention at our Migrant Clinicians Network offices this week. What did you read? Share it with us on Facebook.  Brazil Fights H.I.V. Spike in Youths With Free Preventive Drug  Jessica, Fundraising and Foundation Relations Associate, sent around the New York Times article, “Brazil Fights H.I.V. Spike in Youths... Read More
In the field Kazakhstan
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 14, 2017
 Today, the temperature in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is expected to reach a high of seven degrees Fahrenheit. Certainly colder than Central Texas -- but that didn’t stop Migrant Clinicians Network’s Deliana Garcia, Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues. Garcia headed to the frigid Central Asian country last week to participate in the third high-level meeting to... Read More
migrant woman looking out over snow covered forest
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Dec. 13, 2017
 For several months every winter, 66-year old Phuong* visits family and friends in her homeland of Vietnam. This year, however, Phuong, a US citizen, tested positive for tuberculosis in her lungs and spine, requiring a 12-month treatment regimen. It’s December -- the height of the travel season. Many of our patients become temporary migrants, traveling for several weeks to visit family in... Read More
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