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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

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
mother and child
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 14, 2018
 Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will begin forcibly separating families who are seeking safe haven in the US and who are taken into US immigration custody. As clinicians, we at Migrant Clinicians Network oppose the separation of children from their parents. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as separation from parents and detention are well... Read More
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By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 11, 2018
 It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and we want to send out our love and appreciation to all the mothers out there! We at MCN work to bring health, well-being, and safety to families everywhere, particularly among the mobile poor. Please consider giving a gift to MCN in honor of a mother you know and love.  Here are some staff recommendations from this week, with moms at the center.  ... Read More
sad woman with hand on forehead
By: Eva Galvez, May. 10, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: This blog post comes from MCN Board Member Eva Galvez, MD, a family physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a Community Health Center based in Hillsboro, Oregon.] Earlier this week, I saw a patient for her prenatal visit. She is now in her 20th week of pregnancy. Her husband was deported during her tenth week of pregnancy and her seven-year-old son has been... Read More
By: Leslie Diaz, May. 9, 2018
 [Editor’s Note: Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) is a program designed to help Mexican nationals living in the US find and access health care services at 55 consulates throughout the United States. MCN’s Leslie Diaz, MSW, is a Health Network Associate based at the Austin Consulate. Here, she reports back from a recent VDS conference. Read more about our partnership with Ventanilla de Salud here.]... Read More
MCN Five on Friday Mental Health Awareness Month
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, May. 4, 2018
 May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Clinicians have reported to us a concerning uptick in fear and anxiety among their mobile and immigrant patients in the last two years. These mental health concerns not only disrupt their daily lives, but they drive patients to avoid seeking care when they need it. Immigrants with legal status in the US are not immune. Of particular concern are mobile... Read More
Outside of Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero Community Health Center
By: Martha Alvarado, May. 2, 2018
 [Editor’s note: MCN’s Diabetes Project ECHO brought together clinicians from over a dozen health centers with diabetes experts from around the country to best strategize how to bring A1c numbers down. Here, MCN’s Martha Alvarado interviews a participant on her experience. Read Martha’s previous interview here.] In the heart of one of the biggest cities in the country, Clínica Monseñor... Read More
MCN Five on Friday Worker's Memorial Day
By: MCN Admin, Apr. 27, 2018
 Tomorrow is Workers’ Memorial Day, during which we honor those who have lost their lives while on the job, by striving to make workplaces safer.  Unfortunately, 150 people die each day either on the job, or from occupation-related disease, according to an AFL-CIO report released yesterday. Part of our jobs as clinicians is to understand the risks and hazards that are associated with... Read More
People getting water from pipe along dirt road
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Apr. 25, 2018
Photo: Corporación de Servicios Médicos (CSM) By Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MATired. Sad. Strong. These were just a few words that came to mind as I looked at my friend and colleague, Dr. Jose Rodriguez, as he welcomed me to Puerto Rico. I’ve been working for over a decade with Dr. Rodriguez, the medical director for the community health center, Hospital General Castañer, nestled in the mountains... Read More
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