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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 5, 2016
[Editor’s note: This week is National Public Health Week. Climate change has long been recognized as a significant and emerging global public health threat. The Lancet’s 2009 Commission on Climate Change called it the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century;” the Lancet’s 2015 Commission on Health and Climate Change added, “Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 1, 2016
Happy Friday! We hope your springtime days are warm and healthy and not too allergy-ridden. Before we go sneezing into the weekend, here are a few news stories that MCN staff members thought are too good to be missed. Hope you enjoy them, too.1. Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health: “OSHA's new silica rule is a BIG deal!”  OSHA announced an important new rule protecting... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 31, 2016
Today is the final day of Farmworker Awareness Week, which culminates each year on March 31st, Cesar Chavez’s birthday. Despite the years of important work of Cesar Chavez and many others, agriculture continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the US, and protections for farmworkers still lag behind protections for workers in other industries. But there is reason to be hopeful... Read More
By: KerryBrennan, Mar. 30, 2016
[Editor’s Note: We are in the final days of Farmworker Awareness Week, and we’d like to highlight one MCN program working to improve environmental health for farmworkers. Migrant Clinicians Network’s Environmental and Occupational Health team in Maryland has developed and distributed a wealth of materials on pesticides and workplace safety, to assist clinicians in the exam room and to support... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 30, 2016
Tuberculosis is America’s biggest public health threat, greater than Zika, Ebola, and dengue fever combined. The latest news from the CDC that TB cases have increased in the last year underscored what activists have been voicing for several years: we don’t have enough funding in the US to keep TB in check, let alone work toward elimination. Yesterday, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, Ed... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 25, 2016
World TB Day once again filled our inboxes and covered our newsfeed. This year’s coverage seemed particularly urgent, with videos, specials, and many articles pointing out the rise in TB cases in the U.S. for the first time in two decades, and last year’s declaration that TB is the leading infectious disease killer, now killing more people each year than HIV/AIDS. What article got you thinking,... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 24, 2016
Ver en españolLast week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a report on its first year in collecting incident reports relating to severe injuries. Under its new rules which went into effect last year, a fatality at a workplace must be reported to OSHA within eight hours, and an in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours.... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 18, 2016
Is it Friday already? Before you head into the weekend, take a look at the top five recommendations from MCN staff on news and notes in health justice. If you have one to share, let us know. Email Claire at  1. Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, shared a recent MMWR from the CDC detailing a possible airborne person-to-person... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 15, 2016
Last week, our Environmental and Occupational Health team headed to Puerto Rico for a train-the-trainer session at Hospital General Castañer, a community health center located in the mountains in the heart of the island, where coffee, oranges, and plantains are grown.  The two-day workshop gave the local health center’s outreach staff training in chemical safety, heat stress, and workers’... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 11, 2016
It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate the weekend with the top five items from MCN staff, on the many happenings in migrant health and beyond. 1. Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems & Women’s Health, recommended an interesting article on how primary care providers are comparable to specialists for hepatitis C treatment.2. Karen, CEO, offered this Ted Talk from Russ Altman: What really happens... Read More
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