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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

Child choosing faces that represent emotions
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 6, 2018
  [Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Read our first installment, written by Dr. Eva Galvez, here. Part three will explore the health consequences of recent policies around immigrant family separation at the border.]Divorce, violence in the community, a family member incarcerated or deported, physical or sexual abuse, a... Read More
Doctor discussing with patient
By: Corey Erb, Jun. 5, 2018
 When Sarah* came to a rural health center for a six-month checkup after her pregnancy, she said she was comfortable working with the health center staff, from the front desk to her doctor. But she also reported in an interview afterward that she had trouble getting transportation to and from the clinic, and that her health plan does not fully cover the cost of her prescriptions. She wasn’t... Read More
family at clinic
By: Deliana Garcia, Jun. 4, 2018
 By Seth Holmes (Associate Professor, UC Berkeley), Anita Berlin (Barts and the London St. Mary's School of Medicine), Fabian Fernandez (University of California San Francisco), Deliana Garcia (Migrant Clinician's Network) As primary care physicians and public health professionals working in the US and UK, we welcome the editorial by Saadi and McKee (1). We have an unique opportunity to... Read More
Hands of Working in Field
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jun. 1, 2018
 June is National Safety Month. Mobile agricultural workers continue to be at greater risk of injury than almost any other job position in the US. We continue to fight for stronger and intact regulations to protect their health; for greater integration of pesticide poisoning recognition, management, and treatment into primary care; for safe places for children while their parents work; and... Read More
Puerto Rico Flags
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 31, 2018
 New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms what clinicians on the ground already knew: the official death toll from devastating Hurricane Maria is vastly underestimated.  The report estimates that at least 4,600 people died as a result of the hurricane, 70 times larger than Puerto Rico's official death toll of 64. We turned to Dr. Jose O. Rodriguez, Family... Read More
MCN Five on Friday Flag on rock wall
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 25, 2018
 Memorial Day weekend is a time of contrasts. We spend time honoring those who have died fighting America’s wars over the past two and a half centuries, while enjoying the unofficial kick-off of summer with an extra day off. In Waterloo, which is claimed “the birthplace of Memorial Day” -- residents have been observing Decoration Day as far back as 1866, the year after the end of the Civil... Read More
Word cloud featuring participant feedback
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 24, 2018
 This week marks the conclusion of our five-month ECHO sessions on diabetes and hypertension. As part of the closing, we asked participants to choose one word to describe the experience, and a short reasoning on their choice. One participant, who chose the word “revelation,” said, “I chose this word because I had already heard much of the information we covered, but in my head the concepts... Read More
Woman considering her future
By: Monique Vasquez, May. 23, 2018
 [Editor’s Note:This post comes to us from Monique Vasquez, Health Network Intern and student at UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. You can read her previous blog post here.] Two weeks ago, Donald Glover, under his music artist name Childish Gambino, released a haunting music video, “This is America.” As many have already pointed out, the video’s imagery is powerful. The riots... Read More
MCN Five on Friday woman in graduation gown and cap
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 18, 2018
 As we glide into the graduation season, we’d like to send our congratulations to all of those who are completing their studies!  Before you rush into another busy May weekend, take a moment to get caught up on , each recommended by MCN staff.   ‘We made it this far. We will be doctors.’  Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, gave a nod to... Read More
Physician measuring blood pressure
By: Martha Alvarado, May. 17, 2018
 Today is World Hypertension Day, during which we recognize the“silent killer” and its impact on people around the world and push for stronger programs for prevention and control of hypertension. Too often, patients suffer from both hypertension and diabetes. As we wrap up the final weeks of our ECHO series on hypertension, which complemented our recent ECHO series on diabetes, I contacted... Read More
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