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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

By: Amy Liebman, Sep. 14, 2010
Excerpt of this article taken from: Liebman, Amy K. and Augustave, Wilson 'Agricultural Health and Safety: Incorporating the Worker Perspective', Journal of Agromedicine, 15:3, 192 - 199“We are proud to be farmworkers and proud to work. We are not looking for handouts. Work gives us dignity. At the same time, when policies and laws are decided, it is important that you please include... Read More
By: Jennie McLaurin, Aug. 24, 2010
There is a critical outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in California: it is classified now as an epidemic. Five infants, all Latino, have died. This is due to unrecognized pertussis in older children and adults which then infects babies before they’ve had a chance to get their shots.PLEASE spread the word through every mechanism you have that it is critical to get Tdap in adolescents and... Read More
Dr. Ed Zuroweste
By: Edward Zuroweste, Nov. 10, 2009
I was amazed today to be copied on an email about a big concern about the emergency response of the influenza team in Eastern Europe. I was copied because of the possibility that we may need to quickly mobilize a training of rural providers on the recognition and treatment of the potential severe complications of H1N1. It is rather fascinating now how the world has become smaller and smaller and... Read More
Cows at farm
By: Edward Zuroweste, Oct. 3, 2009
There is great concern from clinicians we talk to that many of the migrants we serve, specifically those who work for large agricultural companies that raise and slaughter pigs and chickens (CAFOs-- concentrated animal feeding operations) are at high risk for not only contracting H1N1 but also because of frequent migration and crowded living conditions they are likely to spread the virus rapidly... Read More
Dr. Ed Zuroweste with other WHO doctors
By: Jillian Hopewell, Oct. 1, 2009
Dr. Ed Zuroweste, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, has been deployed to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for four months to assist healthcare providers in limited resource settings.The WHO asked Dr. Zuroweste to serve as a Special Medical Consultant to assist with revision and field testing of the WHO Clinicians Manual for the treatment of the most common diseases in adults... Read More
Worker in Tobacco field
By: Mark Heffington, May. 28, 2009
When discussing farmworker health risks, we include language and cultural barriers to health care access as well as the inherent risks of farmwork. We also recognize important factors such as avoidable pesticide exposure and other unsafe working conditions; poverty aggravated by exploitative wages and pay theft; unsanitary working and living conditions; and stress related to job insecurity,... Read More
Researcher in lab
By: Candace Kugel, Apr. 2, 2009
It often seems that the most innovative programs develop out of the most hopeless seeming situations. The world of migrant health is full of examples of individuals who see a great need and then employ creative thinking and action to right a wrong. In a world where we too often run up against an intractable bureaucracy, these examples of creative problem solving are a breath of fresh air. Some... Read More
Leading community training
By: Edward Zuroweste, Mar. 16, 2009
In 1992, Congress passed legislation for HRSA through the Bureau of Primary Health Care to institute a Federal Government Self-insured malpractice program that was named “Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA program). Since its inception in 1992 there has now been an estimated cost savings of $1.6 BILLION. That means that this money has been poured back into health centers and healthcare for the poor... Read More
Protester holding up sign
By: Candace Kugel, Feb. 5, 2009
Yesterday I had an experience that reminded me of how ingrained anti-immigrant sentiment has become—even while we are observing a resurgence of hope and change on the political scene. I received a forwarded email from a friend that asked me to sign a petition addressed to President Obama protesting “the bill that the Senate voted on recently which would allow illegal aliens to access our Social... Read More
Fence at the border
By: Jillian Hopewell, Feb. 4, 2009
MCN was featured in an American Public Health Association (APHA) blog for our conference session entitled “Dying to Work: The Risks from Injury and Death on the Migrant’s Journey to Work in the United States,” In their entry, APHA highlights the work of MCN staff member, Amy Liebman, who said that despite a nearly ninefold increase in funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol since 1993, the... Read More
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