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Clinician-to-Clinician: A Forum for Health Justice

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
By: Jennie McLaurin, Aug. 24, 2010
There is a critical outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in California: it is classified now as an epidemic. Five infants, all Latino, have died. This is due to unrecognized pertussis in older children and adults which then infects babies before they’ve had a chance to get their shots.PLEASE spread the word through every mechanism you have that it is critical to get Tdap in adolescents and... Read More
Dr. Ed Zuroweste
By: Edward Zuroweste, Nov. 10, 2009
I was amazed today to be copied on an email about a big concern about the emergency response of the influenza team in Eastern Europe. I was copied because of the possibility that we may need to quickly mobilize a training of rural providers on the recognition and treatment of the potential severe complications of H1N1. It is rather fascinating now how the world has become smaller and smaller and... Read More
Cows at farm
By: Edward Zuroweste, Oct. 3, 2009
There is great concern from clinicians we talk to that many of the migrants we serve, specifically those who work for large agricultural companies that raise and slaughter pigs and chickens (CAFOs-- concentrated animal feeding operations) are at high risk for not only contracting H1N1 but also because of frequent migration and crowded living conditions they are likely to spread the virus rapidly... Read More
Dr. Ed Zuroweste with other WHO doctors
By: Jillian Hopewell, Oct. 1, 2009
Dr. Ed Zuroweste, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, has been deployed to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for four months to assist healthcare providers in limited resource settings.The WHO asked Dr. Zuroweste to serve as a Special Medical Consultant to assist with revision and field testing of the WHO Clinicians Manual for the treatment of the most common diseases in adults... Read More
Worker in Tobacco field
By: Mark Heffington, May. 28, 2009
When discussing farmworker health risks, we include language and cultural barriers to health care access as well as the inherent risks of farmwork. We also recognize important factors such as avoidable pesticide exposure and other unsafe working conditions; poverty aggravated by exploitative wages and pay theft; unsanitary working and living conditions; and stress related to job insecurity,... Read More
Researcher in lab
By: Candace Kugel, Apr. 2, 2009
It often seems that the most innovative programs develop out of the most hopeless seeming situations. The world of migrant health is full of examples of individuals who see a great need and then employ creative thinking and action to right a wrong. In a world where we too often run up against an intractable bureaucracy, these examples of creative problem solving are a breath of fresh air. Some... Read More
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