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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 26, 2020
Migrant Clinicians Network has been hard at work fielding clinician requests for guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the anxiety it produces, stretch into even very rural communities. To reduce obstacles to participation for those in the fields or at home, we headed to Facebook Live over our typical online platforms. Last week, MCN’s Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, and Amy K.... Read More
How A Workplace Injury Inspired A Worker: Workers' Rights and Train-the-Trainer
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 26, 2020
MCN's Kate Kruse and Alma Galvan with the participants of the Train-the-Trainers workshop in Laredo, TX.In all areas of work, people face the risk of injury on a daily basis. From acute injuries that happen in an instant to health conditions that develop over months or years of strain or exposure, all workers run the risk of incidents on the job.  Facing complications like language and... Read More
In the Field: Community Mobilization during Emergencies in Puerto Rico
By: Laszlo Madaras, Mar. 25, 2020
By Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical OfficerIn the second week of March 2020, I had the privilege of traveling to Puerto Rico for the first time, and visiting our Migrant Clinicians Network office in San Juan. MCN has been involved with primary care in Puerto Rico for many years and especially after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. In the months following the... Read More
Coronavirus? Or TB? An Effective Public Health Approach Would Address Both
By: Edward Zuroweste, Mar. 24, 2020
By Ed Zuroweste, MD, Founding Medical Director, and Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, Chief Medical OfficerYou’ve heard about the symptoms before. It can at first seem like the flu -- fever, night sweats, fatigue -- but it’s the persistent cough that wears people down. This terrifying infectious disease has already spread all over the world -- and it’s deadly. It kills more people than any other... Read More
How to Communicate Preventative Measures in Times of Panic
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 24, 2020
Community members in Puerto Rico attend a first aid training.Alondra is a 37-year-old who lives with her family in a small one-bedroom apartment. As the coronavirus hits her community, she begins to have lots of questions. If I get sick, how can I keep my daughters and husband away from me in such a small space, when I usually sleep in the living room? Who will take care of my two children if... Read More
Five on Friday: First Day of Spring
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 20, 2020
Spring has sprung! The first day of spring -- most evident in the early harvests of asparagus, lettuces, and other tender crops in the markets today -- arrives just a few days before the start of National Farmworker Awareness Week. The Student Action for Farmworkers (SAF) encourages organizations to take action to support farmworkers in their communities or nationwide. For example, this year, the... Read More
The cast and crew of new video pose for photo
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 18, 2020
Cast and crew of training video filming. Yakima, WA | September 2019[Editor’s Note: This article, reprinted from the winter issues of Streamline, MCN’s in-print quarterly publication, reviews a new set of resources to battle sexual harassment in the fields of Washington State. As agricultural workers head back into the fields to plant and harvest spring’s bounty, these resources may be helpful in... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 17, 2020
El avance tan acelerado del coronavirus ha desbordado clínicas y centros de salud de todo el país, pero no sólo como resultado del aumento de las visitas de los pacientes. Los proveedores de servicios de salud de todo el mundo se sienten inundados de preguntas de pacientes y colegas que son difíciles de responder, y diariamente reciben nueva información, recomendaciones y recursos tempranos de... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 16, 2020
The fast-paced coronavirus has overwhelmed clinics and health centers around the country -- but not only as a result of the increase in patient visits. Clinicians everywhere are feeling inundated with questions from patients and colleagues that are hard to answer, and are receiving new information, recommendations, and early resources from the CDC and others every day. In addition to struggling... Read More
Five on Friday: March 13, 2020
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Mar. 13, 2020
As coronavirus rapidly advances around the world, we struggle to keep up with the headlines. It’s difficult to shift gears to give focus to other health topics of concern, when coronavirus has quickly become a top public health emergency. Yet, we at MCN continue to receive really exciting new resources and information that can be useful in our work in health justice -- and so we will continue... Read More
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