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Five on Friday | January 22, 2016

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MCNThis week’s Five on Friday is heavy on the bad news, shedding light on the incredible urgency of our work in health justice. While it can be challenging to read through the tough issues, it’s inspiring to reflect on the thousands of clinicians and health advocates who work with MCN who are dedicated to addressing these exact problems. Thank you for your work! Here are the top five suggested readings from our staff at MCN. 

1. Jillian, Director of Professional Development and Education, noted a great op-ed in the New York Times, on the “nightmare of sexual violence” that female farmworkers encounter in the fields. 

2. Jillian also forwarded on Farmworker Justice’s recent press release, setting a hopeful tone on the Supreme Court’s review of President Obama’s immigration programs, DAPA and DACA. 

3. Karen, CEO, shared the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s announcement that they are seeking new members to serve on the Bureau of Health Workforce’s National Advisory Committees. Check out the Federal Register Notices for each of the five committees with openings: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

4. Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems & Women’s Health, sent along CDC guidelines for clinicians related to screening and treatment for Zika virus -- a serious illness making waves among migrant clinicians.

5. Tiffy, Communications and Graphic Designer, saw this article entitled, “A New U.K. Law Tells Migrants to Earn $50,000 or Go Home.”

Bonus link! Too good to cut from our top five was Karen’s share of a New York Times article analyzing the current tuberculosis outbreak in Alabama, and the local public health team’s unusual response. 

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Good, bad, and (very) ugly

Indeed, this Friday's Five has the good: Supreme Court's revsion of DAPA, the bad: Zika virus spreading out fast, and the (very) ugly: sexual violence against female farmworkers. Thank you for sharing this and other useful links. Regarding Zika, the clinical and epidemiological challenge is expected to become worst in the next few months. It is hard to assess the true global and regional burden of disease of this vector-borne infection because many countries have underestimated the actual number of cases. For instance, Mexico has officially reported 15 cummulative cases since November 2015. For an infection like Zika or Chikungunya, with estimated attack rates of 40% to 60% in susceptible populations, this is just unbelievable. 

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