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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

By: James OBarr, Sep. 18, 2012
I became aware of Tina Castañares while attending my first Migrant Health Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1990. I’m not sure we actually met or even talked, but with her dandelion head of salt-and-pepper hair and her distinctive folk-art wardrobe, Tina cut a striking figure. Nor do I remember whether I attended the workshop she co-presented on Lay Health Programs, though, as I was... Read More
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By: mpiorunski, Aug. 14, 2012
Today, August 15, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services agency will begin accepting requests for consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from children and young adults who entered the US without authorization prior to the age of 16 – a policy which, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, could benefit up to 1.4 million unauthorized immigrants. In June, the Obama... Read More
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By: mpiorunski, Jun. 21, 2012
Two recent polls show Americans’ attitudes toward immigration and illegal immigrants are not as contentious as political rhetoric would suggest.According to Tim Dunn, a professor of sociology at Salisbury University, a New York Times/ CBS News poll released on June 16 and a poll reported in the Arizona Republic both show a majority of American voters support some type of... Read More
By: mpiorunski, Apr. 27, 2012
   On the heels of International Worker Memorial Day, the day slated to honor the ultimate sacrifice of workers and families throughout the world, the Obama administration released a statement saying it will no longer pursue protections for children working in agriculture. MCN is deeply saddened that children working in agriculture still lack equal protections under the law as... Read More
By: mpiorunski, Apr. 10, 2012
As part of our series of continuing education webinars, MCN partnered with the National Farm Medicine Center and Agrisafe Network in March to present the Nuts & Bolts of Cholinesterase Monitoring for Farmers, Ranchers and Agricultural Workers. The webinar – archived on the MCN website – provides a comprehensive overview of cholinesterase monitoring and its application in the primary care... Read More
By: mpiorunski, Mar. 20, 2012
During the month of March, MCN is taking the opportunity to share with you a series of blog posts about poisonings and poison prevention. This week marks the 50th Anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week and MCN wants to highlight a range of topics around this emerging issue.Poisonings became the leading cause of injury death in the United States in 2008 and nearly 9 of 10 poisoning deaths... Read More
By: Jillian Hopewell, Oct. 24, 2011
One of my colleagues at MCN has recently reminded us of the need to tell the stories of the people that we encounter and the work that we do.  So often we put our nose to the grindstone and don’t look up to appreciate and share with others the stories we hear of day-to-day struggles and success.  Fortunately, this past summer we had the pleasure of working with an intern from Chico... Read More
By: Jillian Hopewell, Dec. 14, 2010
Article from Streamline, November - December, Issue: Volume 16, Issue 6 MCN- Carolyn Davis, Family Nurse Practitioner, was awarded the Steve Shore Community Catalyst Award at the 2010 East Coast Migrant Stream Forum that took place in Charleston, SC, in October of this year. I first met Carolyn in 1997, when a group of us at MCN embarked on an epic journey in a rented RV from Austin, Texas to... Read More
By: Deliana Garcia, Oct. 15, 2010
HIV/AIDS takes an especially heavy toll on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in US society. Poverty, low income, limited education, sub-standard housing, and limited access to health care are all factors that increase the rate of HIV/AIDS in a population. Farmworkers in the US contend with all these risk factors, plus others: limited English proficiency, mobile lifestyle, and... Read More
By: Amy Liebman, Sep. 14, 2010
Excerpt of this article taken from: Liebman, Amy K. and Augustave, Wilson 'Agricultural Health and Safety: Incorporating the Worker Perspective', Journal of Agromedicine, 15:3, 192 - 199“We are proud to be farmworkers and proud to work. We are not looking for handouts. Work gives us dignity. At the same time, when policies and laws are decided, it is important that you please include... Read More
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