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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

We’re not blaming the elderly. We’re not blaming healthcare workers. So why do w
By: Amy Liebman, May. 27, 2020
By Amy K. Liebman, MPA Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Migrant Clinicians Network, Salisbury, MD Each day I watch in utter dismay the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases among essential workers processing our beef, pork and poultry. Across the US, at least 15,000 workers are infected and over 60 have died from this novel virus. What’s even more disconcerting is that... Read More
Five on Friday: Undocumented but Essential
By: MCN Admin, May. 22, 2020
It's Friday! Time to round up five articles or resources that MCN staff shared. Here are our picks for the week. Alma in Massachusetts shared, “Indocumentados pero esenciales,” an in-depth article from Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.Marysel sent around, “'Mamá, I'm Still Hungry': In Puerto Rico, Child Hunger Becomes A Flashpoint.”Amy really liked this article, from the author of Fast Food... Read More
Health Justice in 2020
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 19, 2020
The world has shifted significantly since the start of this year, and yet, at Migrant Clinicians Network, our core agenda to build practical solutions at the intersection of vulnerability, migration, and health remains unchanged. COVID-19 is not discriminating in who it infects, yet the pandemic has laid bare the underlying inequities of our global health systems. Those who have the resources and... Read More
Five on Friday: U.S. Suspends Protections for Children at Border
By: MCN Admin, May. 15, 2020
Apparently, searches for “what day is it” have considerably spiked in our lockdown world. Well, here’s a hint: It’s Five on Friday time! Here are five recommendations from Migrant Clinicians Network staff in the world of health justice and beyond. Ed found this “very interesting and comprehensive description of several epidemiological reviews of outbreaks of COVID-19.” Theressa shared “... Read More
Health Centers on the Frontlines: Finger Lakes Community Health on Telehealth
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 11, 2020
Toward the end of March, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect US communities, an expeditious jump to virtual health care transpired at health centers across the country. Finger Lakes Community Health, a community health center in New York State, had a significant advantage over most: their telehealth program had already been up and running for almost 14 years. Even so, they felt taken off-... Read More
Position Statement: Racist Rhetoric About Workers Must Stop; Emergency Protectio
By: MCN Admin, May. 8, 2020
Migrant Clinicians Network is gravely concerned about the implications and repercussions of recent comments about the cultures and personal lives of essential workers in meatpacking plants. The comments, by meatpacking business leaders, and reportedly and most recently reflected by comments by high-ranking administration officials, were made to explain outbreaks of COVID-19 among meatpacking... Read More
Five on Friday: COVID-19 and Social Justice
By: MCN Admin, May. 8, 2020
Another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network! Here are some updates from the world of public health and health justice that we thought you’d enjoy, chosen by MCN staff members.  Alma shared “The Problem With Stories About Dangerous Coronavirus Mutations,” to which Ed responded that the article “does a good job in explaining this new research and, as always, this preliminary... Read More
Q&A With Dr. Eva Galvez
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 6, 2020
In Oregon, migrant farmworkers will soon begin to arrive to pick the ripe berries for which Oregon is famous. As “essential workers,” farmworkers have labored in fields and orchards across the US throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and amidst a striking dearth of worker protections. But, thanks to a quickly built partnership, newly arrived farmworkers in Oregon will be protected by emergency worker... Read More
Trauma, Mental Health, and COVID-19: Giving Tuesday Offers Support for Frontline
By: Ashley-Michelle..., May. 5, 2020
[Editor’s Note: Have you heard? GoFundMe has declared today Giving Tuesday -- and Migrant Clinicians Network needs your help. Our Witness to Witness program, which supports frontline clinicians who are experiencing secondary trauma and moral injury, is more essential than ever during this COVID-19 pandemic. Support frontline clinicians by donating to MCN’s Witness to Witness today.]The last time... Read More
Health Centers on the Frontlines: HOPE Clinic Ramps Up Telehealth, Starts Rapid
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 4, 2020
In Houston, Texas, HOPE Clinic is living up to its name. The large urban community health center rapidly ramped up its telehealth services as the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and now almost 20 percent of its visits are virtual or by phone. Building on the telehealth structures they already had, HOPE Clinic virtual appointments intersect with the EHR, providing a streamlined virtual encounter in... Read More
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