The struggles facing frontline responders are inflated by a host of unprecedented consequences, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. MCN takes these facts into account, providing direct peer support to those requesting it while also developing educational curricula to educate the wider public about the toll facing this at-risk group. These efforts acknowledge the rampant moral wounding occurring, interjecting accountability into the status quo via awareness, education, and outreach.
The status quo is rife with conflict and stress. The frontline responders presently volunteering their time in supporting the health justice for migrant and mobile populations are no exception. Between the crisis of COVID-19 and its subsequent socioeconomic, political, and cultural impacts, the current political climate is not friendly to the cause of assisting migrant farmworkers, however indirectly, particularly when the suffering of people outside of detention is at an all-time high.
MCN has spent three decades cultivating an impeccable reputation, earning a unique distinction as an advisor on matters related to public health policymaking, immigrants' rights, and health justice across six presidential administrations and countless health crises, domestically and abroad. Specific to COVID-19, MCN has been at the forefront of discussing the long-term health consequences, including the mental health cost involved for the frontline responders at all levels of engagement.
At MCN, we know that the pandemic has laid bare the structural inequities that contribute to the disproportionate impact within these same vulnerable communities. Part of the long-term strategizing must take these discrepancies into account, and address them accordingly as part of ongoing, systemic change. Equitable access to healthcare must become the standard, rather than the ideal. By supporting the ongoing funding of MCN's efforts, a broader change is possible.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).