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Five on Friday: First Day of Spring

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A woman picking lettuce

Spring has sprung! The first day of spring -- most evident in the early harvests of asparagus, lettuces, and other tender crops in the markets today -- arrives just a few days before the start of National Farmworker Awareness Week. The Student Action for Farmworkers (SAF) encourages organizations to take action to support farmworkers in their communities or nationwide. For example, this year, the Association for Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) is organizing a long-sleeve shirt drive for farmworkers. Visit the SAF page to get ideas and learn more about the week’s activities. Have a Farmworker Awareness Week activity you’d like to promote? Tag Migrant Clinicians Network on social media and we’ll repost! Now, on to five resources on health justice that we shared among staff this week at MCN. We’ll share more farmworker-specific pieces next week.


kids eating

Kaethe shared this Civil Eats exploration into coronavirus-related school closures and their impact on low-income families: “As Coronavirus Closes Schools, USDA Offers Limited Help to Kids Who Rely on School Meals.”

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woman holds child

Karen shared the Physicians for Human Rights report, “‘You Will Never See Your Child Again’: The Persistent Psychological Effects of Family Separation.”

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Karen also reminded us of the upcoming meetings of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, the dates of which were recently announced.

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Amy also shared, “Migrant child died after release from detention, attorneys group alleges.”

Laz shared an op-ed from Medpage Today: “Doctors Volunteer for COVID-19 Duty: Who Has Their Backs?

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Weekly Win: Amy shared a Washington Post article that dives into Dorothea Lange’s work as social commentary, in honor of the current exhibit of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York: “Dorothea Lange used photography to make an ugly world beautiful. She used words to give that beauty meaning.”



Have a safe and healthy early spring weekend.

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