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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 23, 2015
This week’s Five on Friday exposes the many fronts on which the struggle for migrant justice is fought: in detention centers, in health centers, in government offices. Here are the top five recommendations from Migrant Clinicians Network’s staff. What did you see this week that impacts mobile workers?1. Del, Director of International Projects, Research, and Development: Today, the detention... Read More
Pesticide Spraying
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 22, 2015
This week, Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at MCN, is in Washington, DC to serve on the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee. Liebman is beginning her two-year term as a returning member of the federal advisory committee, which meets regularly with the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs to discuss pesticide policies. Liebman... Read More
Blanca Borrega
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 19, 2015
Last month, Blanca Borrega was arrested at her gynecologist’s office in a suburb of Houston. She had provided the office with identification that the front desk found suspicious, and they called authorities. Borrega lacks authorization to live in the US. On Saturday, MCN’s Ed Zuroweste, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Andrea Caracostis, MD, Executive Director of HOPE Clinic in Houston, responded... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 16, 2015
The final days of harvest have arrived for much of the country. The last sugar beets are being pulled out of the ground in North Dakota; apple harvest has a few more weeks in New York State. In California, the opposite is true. Slightly cooler weather in the Central Valley means farms are green with young plants to fill America’s plates through the winter. As many migrant farmworkers shift from... Read More
Homero Segovia
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 14, 2015
Last week, MCN’s Health Network Associate Homero Segovia tragically passed away in a car accident. We are still reeling from the loss. We compiled some memories and impressions of Homero, which we would like to share with the larger MCN community. Olivia: “Homero was by far one of the most genuine people I have met. He always put his family, friends, and patients first...Homero was usually... Read More
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
By: MCN Admin, Oct. 11, 2015
By Sharena Hagins, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership and Alexis Guild, Farmworker Justice As clinicians who treat migrant patients, you often see people whose health is affected by far more than biology – patients who have health issues because of unsafe housing and poor working environments. These patients may also be reluctant to seek medical treatment for fear their employers... Read More
MCN Five on Friday
By: Claire Hutkins Seda, Oct. 9, 2015
This week, Homero Segovia, Migrant Clinicians Network’s Health Network Associate, tragically lost his life in a car accident. We at Migrant Clinicians Network struggled to keep working with the weight of this massive loss upon us. The trouble is, the work keeps piling up; all the momentum in the world of health justice hasn’t stopped (which, we know, is a positive thing). Next week, we will offer... Read More
MCN Farmworker Voices
By: KerryBrennan, Oct. 8, 2015
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), farmworker advocates quickly took action. We recognized how infrequently the WPS is revised -- these revisions were the first in 20 years -- and how critically important a stronger WPS could be to workers’ health.  It was vital to us that the EPA heard from a wide variety of voices in... Read More
Elena Diller
By: MCN Admin, Oct. 6, 2015
[Editor’s Note: As part of our ongoing series On the Path to Migrant Health, we present guest blog posts by future migrant clinicians. Today’s guest blogger, Elena Diller, is a junior at Washington and Lee University. She is a Sociology major on the pre-med track, with minors in both Poverty and Human Capability Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She will pursue an MD/ MPH dual degree after... Read More
Tom Bodenheimer
By: Jillian Hopewell, Oct. 5, 2015
At the 2015 Symposium on Excellence in Primary Care, Tom Bodenheimer, MD, declared that we already know what good primary care looks like. Dr. Bodenheimer then challenged the participants to consider why systems still struggle to provide the best quality primary care. While there are “bright spots” that provide hopeful examples of what is possible, too much of primary care remains mired from a... Read More
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