Migrant Clinicians Network: A force for health justice There is a class of people who live on the move. They do the jobs that, even in this economy, most will not. They go where the work is—fields, factories, construction sites—often with their families in tow, and take enormous risks in order to survive in the hope of a better life. They have little access to things most of us take for granted—a permanent home, a steady source of income, well-balanced meals and good health care. Yet, there is a group of clinicians who are committed to serving migrants and their families—who go toward these people with services, specialties, and dedication. The mission of Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) is to serve these clinicians. We bring education, technical assistance, peer support, and advocacy to the field, creating a chain of connection and commitment that makes everyone stronger and more effective as we unite for one cause: health justice. Our Organization Our Organization
Migrant Clinicians Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates practical solutions at the intersection of vulnerability, migration, and health. We provide bridge case management, support, technical assistance, and professional development to clinicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other health care delivery sites with the ultimate purpose of providing quality health care that increases access and reduces disparities for migrant farmworkers and other mobile underserved populations.
MCN is a global organization with more than 10,000 constituents. Our work is overseen by a board of directors comprised of frontline clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and academics with experience in and commitment to migrant health. MCN employs a professional staff of 25 based in four offices across the US that carry out its work of serving as a professional home for clinicians serving migrants. Within that scope, MCN engages in research, develops appropriate resources, advocates for migrants and clinicians, engages outside partners, and runs programs that support clinical care on the frontline of migrant health.
Our History Our History
In 1984, three dedicated clinicians met at the Migrant Health Conference in Padre Island. The three clinicians -- Willa Hays, RN from Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.; Gail Stevens, RN from Delmarva Rural Ministries; and David Smith, then a physician at Brownsville Community Health Center -- shared their feelings of personal isolation and dismay at the lack of migrant-specific resources available to clinicians. In 1985, they formed Migrant Clinicians Network, a grassroots clinical network consisting of clinicians dedicated to improved health care for migrant farmworkers. In 2019, Migrant Clinicians Network celebrated its 35th year in the fight for health justice.
Our Clinical Constituents Our Clinical Constituents
MCN serves a breadth of health professionals who provide care for migrants. Sixty-eight percent of MCN’s constituency is clinicians providing direct health care to migrants. The remaining 32% includes individuals whose efforts, all or in part, focus on migrant health. The majority of MCN’s clinical constituents (56%) are based at community health centers. The other 44% are based in other sites including hospital emergency departments, private practice, health departments, research institutions and educational institutions. Our focus on the multidisciplinary team includes resources and assistance specifically assisting community health workers or promotores de salud. MCN constituents are located throughout the US and include international health professionals with an interest in migrant health.
Our Work Our Work
MCN currently has several areas of programmatic focus, while remaining nimble and responsive to issues that arise in clinics throughout the country. At present, MCN has specific initiatives in the areas of
occupational/environmental health, family violence prevention, and continuity of care/bridge case management for mobile patients. Other areas of expertise include mental health, immunization, infectious diseases, global health, chronic illness, and health promotion.
Much of MCN’s work is driven by the needs of clinicians requesting assistance. In order to respond effectively to any issue that arises, MCN draws on internal staff resources, a cadre of migrant health experts, our
External Advisory Board, and a library of technical assistance material to handle the requests as they arrive. See our Technical Assistance page for more information.
MCN also advocates on behalf of both migrant clinicians and the mobile populations that they serve. Learn more on our
Health Justice page.
Our Awards Our Awards CDC U.S.TB Elimination Champions, 2016
Our Health Network team was selected by the CDC for a
TB Elimination Champion award for our work in supporting TB control. Premier Cares Award, 2016
Sponsored by Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, and its alliance of 3,600 hospitals and 120,000 other providers, the
Cares Award recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need. Stakeholder Collaboration in Occupational Injury Research Award, 2015
National Safety Council awarded the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC), Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), and four partner organizations with the inaugural Stakeholder Collaboration in Occupational Injury Research Award for our Seguridad en las Lecherías: Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety Project. Best in Show, 2015
MCN’s poster, “Workers and Health: Community Health Centers Making a Difference in the Protection of Migrant Workers and Their Families” won Best in Show at the 2015 North Carolina Primary Care Conference in Wilmington, NC. This poster session highlighted Blue Ridge Community Health Services as an example of how MCN's Workers and Health program can be implemented.
Lorin Kerr Award, 2011
American Public Health Association recognized Amy K. Liebman, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the Migrant Clinicians Network for her innovative and outstanding efforts to improve the lives of workers.
Border Models of Excellence in Tuberculosis Surveillance and Control, 2010
MCN's Director of International Research and Development, Deliana Garcia, and MCN’s Border Health Specialist, Dr. Bertha Armendariz were awarded the
2010 Border Models of Excellence in Tuberculosis Surveillance and Control recognition from the USMBHC. EPA Children's Environmental Health Award, 2008
MCN received the
Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award for outstanding commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks.
Christopher Krogh Memorial Award Global Health Education Consortium, 2007
Recipient: Ed Zuroweste, MD, MCN's Chief Medical Officer