Online Program

Health challenges facing migrant populations along the U.S. Mexico Border

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

María Teresa Cerqueira, PhD, U.S.-Mexico Border Office, PAHO/WHO, El Paso, TX
A review of migration patterns among populations and health professional and of the strategies implemented to advocate for migrant health. Approaches to manage the health consequences of migration have not kept pace with growing challenges associated with the volume, speed, diversity and disparity of modern migration patterns, and do not sufficiently address the existing health inequities, nor determining factors of migrant health, including barriers to access health services. Many agencies are promoting the health of migrants and working at improved health services for migrants. However, there are growing trends that fuel social exclusion of vulnerable migrant groups and leave their health needs unattended. We will present some innovative strategies and programs to provide health information and services to migrants; and as well review the risks of increasing exclusion to health services of migrant populations and opportunities to influence public policy that could result in improving the health of migrants and the communities that receive them.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the global, regional and internal patterns of migration and its effect on the health of migrants Analyze of the challenges and the approaches to managing the consequences of migration and implementing health services Identify the barriers to promoting and protecting the health of migrations, and preventing health inequities

Keyword(s): Migrant Health, Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am involved in research and projects to improve migrant health among populations on the U.S. Mexico Border as Chief of the U.S. Mexico Border Office, PAHO/WHO especially regarding the nutrition and health impact of rural to urban migration. Strategies, policies and programs to improve public health along the border, involved understanding the impact of migration on health, and strengthening institutional and community capacity at the local level to implement culturally appropriate activities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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