Online Program

Strengthening collaboration and sharing experiences on the U.S. Mexico Border

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:35 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD, Unit of Health Settings, Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Washington, DC, DC
Brief review of the U.S. Mexico Border Health Association history 1943-2010, and analysis of the factors that contributed to the closing of the Association. Review issues of power relations and how systemic brokers foster interests of one country by shaping border health problems that privilege some programs over others. Organizations can work together on transnational social problems, but we need to beware and understand how power inequalities operate allowing dominant actors to shape agendas and construct social problems that reflect their interests. Review of the recommendations from the border health meeting 2012 and the proposal to strengthen collaboration between APHA and the Mexican Society for Public Health (MSPH). The purpose of the MOU between APHA, MSPH and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to foster exchange and sharing of knowledge and experiences among public health researchers, practitioners and trainers/educators to improve understanding and collaboration among stakeholders at local, state and federal levels of the public health priorities along the border. Presentation of a proposed work group and plan of activities to increase communication and participation of the public health community along the border in continuing education and other events.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Define the structures and transnational networks in developing and implementing cooperative public policy across borders. Identify opportunities where stakeholders promoting transnational interests come together to define public problems propose policies to improve health. Analyze brokers in the transnational cross border public health context bringing NGOs, academics and government organizations to coalesce and build consensus around common interests. .

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been Chief of the U.S. Mexico Border Office, PAHO/WHO for over 6 years, working to improve public health along the border, strengthening institutional and community capacity at the local level. I collaborated with the U.S. Mexico Border Health Association (USMBHA) organizing the Annual Meeting 2007-2010. I work with academic institutions APHA and the Mexican Society for Public Health to increase opportunities for public health practitioners to share information and exchange experiences.
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.