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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

By: MCN Admin, Feb. 3, 2016
On Monday, Zika virus was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization. The ongoing outbreak, which is expected to spread, reminds us of the importance of a thorough medical history, particularly for our mobile patients. While local transmission of Zika virus has not been reported in the continental United States, many of our migrant patients like migratory agricultural workers... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 29, 2016
While in the MCN offices we celebrated the awarding of the Cares Award to Health Network and the publication of our op-ed on tuberculosis, we kept our finger to the pulse of health justice in the US. Here are some stories you may have missed, recommended by MCN staff.1. Kerry, Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager, told us, “Every worker has the right to a safe and healthy... Read More
By: MCN Admin, Jan. 28, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. & AUSTIN, TEXAS (Jan. 28, 2016) — Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health for the poor, has received the 24th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award, which includes a $100,000 cash prize, for providing comprehensive case management, medical records transfer and follow-up services through its Health Network. Sponsored by Premier, Inc... Read More
By: MCN Admin, Jan. 27, 2016
[Editor’s Note: This week, we mourned the passing of Carolyn Davis, FNP, a longtime friend of Migrant Clinicians Network, a dedicated clinician at Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, and the 2010 recipient of Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award.  Karen Mountain, MBA, MSN, RN, Migrant Clinician Network’s CEO, remembers Carolyn’s optimism and “can-do” attitude.  “She... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 27, 2016
Today, MCN’s Ed Zuroweste, MD published an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee, calling on health authorities to give tuberculosis and its scary mutations, MDR- and XDR- TB, the same worldwide attention and funding that they gave Ebola.  Here’s an excerpt:“In the next three days, more people will die from tuberculosis worldwide than died from Ebola during the entire two-year outbreak. And... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 22, 2016
This 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... Read More
MCN Staff and Board
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 20, 2016
MCN’s Board of Directors joined the entire MCN staff for a high-energy, joyful, yet focused multi-day strategic planning retreat in Austin, Texas earlier this week. Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH, Board Chair, and her team of enthusiastic and engaged board members, Hugo Lopez–Gatell, MD, MSc, PhD, Kristine McVea, MD, MPH, Robert Moore, MD, MPH, Gayle Thomas, MD, and Vicki Thuesen, APRN, lent their... Read More
By: Juliana Simmons, Jan. 19, 2016
This week, I helped facilitate an exciting training at HOPE Clinic aimed at improving the health and safety of women who work in nail salons in and around Houston, Texas.  I was joined by Amy Liebman, MCN’s Director of Environmental and Occupational Health and Kerry Brennan, Environmental and Occupational Health Program Manager. We used a train-the-trainer model to provide HOPE Clinic’s... Read More
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 15, 2016
A tumultuous week in US migrant news, with the border surge crisis intensifying while officials increased deportation operations. Meanwhile, worldwide, a record-high 60 million people were forced migrants last year, compared to the 40 million after World War II, points out a Financial Times article. Here are some articles and resources on migration news and health this week.1. Karen, Executive... Read More
MCN Ileana
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Jan. 12, 2016
Last week, Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPCH, CNC, Senior Advisor for Scientific and Strategic Planning at MCN, presented on the social determinants of diabetes in Washington State at the 2016 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Her presentation was part of “Lessons from Social Epidemiology in Health Care,” which she co-presented with Kristen West, Vice President of Programs at... Read More
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