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How to Support a Friend, Family Member or Colleague Who is Suffering in the Context of the Pandemic

DATE: June 11, 2020

        

Description

During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.
This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.

This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

 

Presenters

Kaethe Weingarten, PhD

Kaethe (pronounced Kay-tah) Weingarten, Ph.D., directs the Witness to Witness Program (W2W), a project pairing clinicians with frontline workers in health care, journalism, law and other occupations who serve the most economically vulnerable populations among us.  W2W is sponsored by Migrant Clinicians Network and affiliated  with the American Family Therapy Academy. Dr. Weingarten founded and directed The Witnessing Project, from 2000 to 2019, a nonprofit organization that consulted to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform passive witnessing of violence and violation into effective action. She was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry from 1981-2017 and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience.   

She has published six books and over 100 articles and essays.  Her book, Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day- How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.  In 2002 she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice.

COVID-19 and the Realities for Farmworkers and the Clinicians Who Care for Them: A Learning Session

DATE: June 10, 2020

        

Description

What is being learned about COVID-19 changes daily. Yet clinicians are on the front lines caring for farmworkers and their families, translating science into policy and practice as they treat. Meanwhile, the impact of COVID-19 on farmworkers is drastic. In a growing number of cases, nearly every worker on multiple farms are testing positive. Our best strategy at this moment in time is to keep each other up to date and to learn from other clinicians. Join us for a panel discussion followed by a Q and A of migrant clinicians.

 

Presenters

Dr. Lori Talbot

Lori Talbot, MD, has been committed to providing medical care to the underserved and migrant farmworker communities for decades. Having served as medical director of a migrant health center for many years, she continues to have a weekly clinic for the local farmworkers every summer in New Jersey. She is currently helping to test workers and advise health centers and farms.

 

Dr. Seth Holmes

Seth Holmes, MD, PhD, is cultural and medical anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and way in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalized and resisted. He is the author of Fresh Fruit Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. During  this COVID-19 pandemic, he has been helping to test farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Melanie Finkenbinder, MD

Melanie Finkenbinder, MD, is a family physician who has devoted her career to the underserved. She is currently the medical director for the agricultural worker program at Keystone Health, a community health center in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Gerardo Reyes Chavez

Gerardo Reyes Chavez is a key leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Gerardo is a farmworker himself and has worked in the fields since age 11, first as a peasant farmer in Zacatecas, Mexico and then in the fields of Florida picking oranges, tomatoes, blueberries, and watermelon. He has worked closely with consumer allies to organize national actions— renowned for their creativity and effectiveness — designed to bring pressure on the large retail purchasers of Florida produce to join the Fair Food Program. He speaks publicly about the Fair Food Program at events across the country, such as the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program Convening on Farm Labor Challenges and the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility’s Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable on Ethical Recruitment. As part of the implementation of the Fair Food Program, Gerardo and his colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in the fields on all farms participating in the program. He also receives complaints of abuses in the fields, manages wage theft claims, and assists in the investigation of cases of modern-day slavery when they arise. Selected to participate in the Economic Opportunities Program’s I Am Not a Tractor: A Book Talk and Discussion on Worker-Driven Social Responsibility.

Is COVID-19 airborne?

DATE: May 20, 2020

     

Description

As the losses mount with the ongoing assaults of the Covid19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger and sadness are strong as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms; during the pandemic, there are constraints.
In this webinar, we present materials about grief in general and grief in the particular circumstances of the pandemic. Throughout the webinar we create ways for participants to share their experience so that the troubling isolation of this time can be softened. We need to balance despair with hope and hope is something best done with others. In this webinar, for 90 minutes, we become your community.

As the losses mount with the ongoing assaults of the Covid19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger and sadness are strong as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms; during the pandemic, there are constraints.
In this webinar, we present materials about grief in general and grief in the particular circumstances of the pandemic. Throughout the webinar we create ways for participants to share their experience so that the troubling isolation of this time can be softened. We need to balance despair with hope and hope is something best done with others. In this webinar, for 90 minutes, we become your community.

Work in the time of COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Workers and Their Families

DATE: March 25, 2020

 

En español

        

Description

How do we care for and protect vulnerable workers in the midst of COVID-19? It has overwhelmed the world, impacting the life of every worker and their family. While some may have stopped work or continued their work from home to lessen the spread of infection, many migrant and immigrant workers have very little choice but to keep working, increasing their vulnerability. COVID-19 has become a very real occupational health threat that impacts workers, their families and their community. Join MCN for this national webinar where we will respond to many of your questions about COVID-19 and discuss strategies and resources to help workers best protect themselves and their families.