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Mobilizing Existing Networks and Resources to Focus on Migrant Health Care Issues

Xochitl Castaneda, PhD, The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA, CA 90012, 213-928-8670, nciofalo@calendow.org

The California-Mexico Health Initiative, a program of the California Policy Research Center, University of California Office of the President, endorsed by the Mexican government and funded primarily by The California Endowment, has been the sponsor of a highly focused annual effort that seeks to reduce health disparities and improve access to care for the low income population of Mexican origin in the U.S. as well as in their places of origin. This innovative strategy, called Binational Health Week (BHW), seeks to mobilize existing networks and resources in a highly-organized, synergistic effort that result in significant and concrete improvements that do not require major infrastructural changes. The strength of BHW as well as its weakness is that it relies on volunteer contributions of more than 300 organizations that all come together once a year to provide services to this highly underserved population. During BHW this year, these organizations provided services to over 70,000 people throughout 22 counties of California and 8 states of Mexico with high migration rates.

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Related Web page: www.calendow.org

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Partnerships Working Together to Promote Healthy Behaviors

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA