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Webinar: The Intersection of Primary Care and Migration Health

Webinar: The Intersection of Primary Care and Migration Health


DATE RECORDED: April 17, 2013
PRESENTED BY: Edward Zuroweste, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Migrant Clinicians Network

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There are millions of workers who live on the move. They do the jobs that most will not.  They go where the work is—fields, factories, construction sites— and take enormous risks in order to survive in the hope of a better life.  At the same time, there is a group of clinicians who are committed to serving these workers and their families.
“We depend on misfortune to build up our force of migratory workers and when the supply is low because there is not enough misfortune at home, we rely on misfortune abroad to replenish the supply,”  President Harry S. Truman, 1951.
Truman's observations are as true today as in 1951. Migrant laborers continue to function at the bottom rung of the American economic. They are often newly-arrived immigrants with few connections, or individuals with limited opportunities or skills, relying on farm and other manual labor for survival. 
This session will provide an overview of the key issues at the intersection of migration, poverty and health.
After taking this webinar participants will be able to:

Clinicians serving migrant farmworkers often work in isolated rural areas, frequently without easy availability of specialist consultation.  At the same time, the population of migrant farmworkers are at high risk for numerous health conditions. Living and working in substandard conditions puts migrants at greater risk for the development of communicable disease or uncontrolled chronic disease. Lack of access to resources and health care increases the risk and challenges associated with these conditions.   

This session will review the critical infectious and chronic conditions impacting migrants. This will include a discussion of tropical disease, tuberculosis, parasites, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

SPONSORED BY: Migrant Clinicians Network


  1. Identify the unique challenges that migrants face whether confronting an infectious disease or a chronic condition.
  2. Describe what primary care clinics in the United States can do to develop systems to identify, treat and prevent tropical diseases.
  3. Describe resources and expert networks where additional information can be found on diseases disproportionately affecting migrant populations.
  4. Discuss strategies to effectively provide continuity of care to a mobile patient population.


Dr. Ed Zuroweste, MD

Dr. Ed Zuroweste, MDDr. Ed Zuroweste is the Chief Medical Officer for Migrant Clinicians Network. Dr. Zuroweste began his work with migrants as a partner in a private practice in Chambersberg, PA. He later became the Medical Director of Keystone Health Center, a large Migrant and Community Health Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. While attending to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Zuroweste also maintained a full-time clinical practice in family practice and obstetrics, including full hospital privileges in Pediatrics, Adult Medicine and Obstetrics.

In addition to his work with MCN, Dr. Zuroweste is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he directs an International Rural Health Elective in Honduras. Dr. Zuroweste is also the staff physician for Dauphin and Franklin County HD tuberculosis clinic, PA Dept. of Health; a Clinical Consultant for 3 separate consulting firms; and serves as a Locum Tenem family physician for multiple sites.

Jillian Hopewell, MPA, MA, Director of Education and Professional Development
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