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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Five on Friday: Farmworker shortage
By: MCN Admin, Aug. 2, 2018
  August is here! Only a few more days of peace before the rush of back-to-school madness. As you settle into your quiet August weekend, take a moment to read some of the news articles, reports, and opinion pieces that MCN staff sent around this week. What did you read that we should include? Let us know on Facebook.   Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational... Read More
In the Spotlight: Saul Delgado
By: Monique Vasquez, Aug. 1, 2018
photo credit: Robert Corona[Editor’s Note: This month, we’re shining a light on our Health Network team: the hardworking people who save lives by assuring continuity of care.  Health Network is our bridge case management program that provides comprehensive case management, medical records transfer, and follow-up services for mobile patients.  Here’s our first installment highlighting... Read More
MRI - Girl stands strong
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 27, 2018
  Medical Review for Immigrants, MCN’s new initiative, has hit the ground running -- thanks to our generous and conscientious supporters. The new initiative brings together volunteer clinicians and pro-bono attorneys to help immigrants with urgent health needs get out of detention and into the care they need. We have had an uplifting response from our clinical network with dozens of... Read More
A mosquito feeding
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 26, 2018
Almost a year ago, Hurricane Maria changed the lives of Puerto Ricans, ripping through their homes, levelling their fields, damaging major infrastructure for months to come.  Since the moment the hurricane made landfall, community health centers have taken a leading role in addressing the health needs of the community, including the urgent ones in the days and months directly after the storm... Read More
MCN Outreach with work crew
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 25, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: We’re celebrating the work of outreach teams in the Castañer region of Puerto Rico! Three different teams headed out to the streets this summer to provide comprehensive trainings on chemical safety for workers. Read the first blog post here.]This May and June, the Castañer General Hospital team carried out orientations in the community and the surrounding regions to instruct... Read More
Pages from many stories
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 19, 2018
  This week’s Five on Friday uncovers a good handful of news stories that you may have missed. As always, our work looks at the news through the lens of migrant and immigrant health. Here are a few we’ve selected for you -- what are you reading that others are missing?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.  Making a Fortune Detaining Immigrants  Karen, CEO,... Read More
MCN Outreach with work crew
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 17, 2018
 In May and June, outreach workers from Polyclinic Castañer, a community health center in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, took to the streets with the goal of training local workers on the various chemical exposures to which they may exposed on the job. The occupational health and safety training program was part of MCN’s Susan Harwood Training Grant for capacity building from the Occupational Safety... Read More
Farmworkers in the sun
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 12, 2018
  It’s hot. Record-breaking temperatures in pockets around the country remind us that summer is in full swing -- and it’s more intense than it used to be, thanks to climate change. As the Environmental Protection Agency noted in 2016:  “Unusually hot summer temperatures have become more common across the contiguous 48 states in recent decades... and extreme heat events (heat waves... Read More
Man stands in front of dairy production line
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jul. 12, 2018
 Agricultural work continues to be one of the most dangerous professions in the country. Dairy, in particular, has relatively high injury and fatality rates. Exempted from most labor regulations and shielded from regulatory scrutiny, farms are often left to identify any significant and worrisome safety and health concerns on their own. Meanwhile, every week, farm owners, their family members... Read More
Person in detention
By: MCN Admin, Jul. 5, 2018
 This week’s articles shared by those in the MCN offices continued to be dominated by news and views of the immigrant separation and detention crisis at the border. MCN recognizes that many immigrants in detention lack the essential health care they need to address urgent health concerns. MCN’s new initiative Medical Review for Immigrants seeks to get those with urgent health needs out of... Read More
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