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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Farmworker applying pesticides
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 5, 2016
Farmworkers need to be able to access the names of chemicals with which they work, but a new rider on a bill in the House of Representatives limits just that. On Friday, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Ed Zuroweste, MD, and Amy K. Liebman published an opinion piece in the Albany Times-Union on the shocking and unacceptable attempt to reduce American farmworkers’ right to know.The rider, on the new... Read More
Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 1, 2016
 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Here, here! Exactly 240 years later, we still value these same rights. We are working hard in migrant health to enable all people in this country to pursue and achieve a happy... Read More
migrant and son in poor housing
By: Anonymous, Jun. 29, 2016
[Editor’s note: This blog was written by Farmworker Justice. Farmworker Justice is a national farmworker advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. FJ’s blog, Harvesting Justice, can be found here.] For many farmworkers, home is not a welcome refuge after a long day in the fields. Often poorly maintained and overcrowded, their homes may in fact add to their stress. While there are relatively few... Read More
boat on the water at sunset
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 28, 2016
Over the weekend, Migrant Clinicians Network hosted its biannual Board of Directors in-person meeting in muggy Austin, Texas. The big news out of the meeting is the change in board members, as we welcomed three new talented and enthusiastic members, and said goodbye to three well loved and hardworking board members. Emma Zavala-Suarez, JD, Bruce Gould, MD, FACP, and Kristine McVea, MD, MPH... Read More
Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 24, 2016
Happy first weekend of summer! Before you grab the swim goggles and the beach towels, why not peruse the top five recommendations from MCN staff? We collect relevant news, resources, and announcements to keep you updated in the world of migrant health.  Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, was dismayed to read that anyone would try to limit a farmworker from knowing that... Read More
people holding hands in front of supreme court
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 23, 2016
Today, the US Supreme Court Justices were split 4-4 in US v. Texas, the case deciding on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. With the split vote, the lower court’s ruling against the immigration programs stands.  The decision effectively halts the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA... Read More
Clinician with medication
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 22, 2016
Are clinicians sufficiently equipped to handle the effects of Zika virus on patients in their clinics? At last month’s 2016 Conference for Agricultural Worker Health in Portland, Oregon, Migrant Clinicians Network went directly to clinicians from across the country to determine the degree to which health care providers are concerned about and prepared to address Zika -- and the answers aren’t... Read More
Red cross next to capitol building
By: Anonymous, Jun. 20, 2016
[Editor’s note: This guest blog post is from Nicole Burda, Deputy Director of Government Relations at the American Public Health Association (APHA).] On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the first Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bipartisan spending bill in seven years. The bill is an important step forward in the process, but more... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 17, 2016
Happy Friday! We’re looking forward to a quiet weekend as we round out another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network. Here are some resources and updates that we found useful and insightful -- hope you do, too.  Jillian, Director of Education and Professional Development, recommends the National Eye Institute’s bulk eye health education resources. Candace forwarded on Moms’... Read More
Agricultural Workers
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 16, 2016
A new policy research brief released in May explored how migrant health centers and their patients are faring under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- and their conclusions are encouraging, but mixed. The brief, completed by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, reviewed the most recent data from health centers on their migratory and seasonal agricultural worker... Read More
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