Leaders Across Borders: Our College has developed and implemented a unique public health workforce program that collaborates with public health leaders from the border states in the U.S. and Mexico to develop a set of skills for collaborate on binational public health issues. The Leadership program accepts 20 public health workers who participate in a yearlong program with three face to face workshops and develop a team project around an important binational public health issue.
This two credit course provides the opportunity for our students to plan and implement a 10 day trip to the Mexico-Guatemala border to contrast and compare their knowledge, experience and understanding of the issues of migration, health, and economic development from the Southern border perspective. Upon return the students provide a college wide presentation as well as posters and presentations to other Health Sciences events and community events.
Our teaching includes our Border Health Service Learning Institute which is a one graduate credit week long intensive border immersion experience which focuses on connecting the dots between migration, health and economic development. Students and faculty spend the week at the border collaborating with local community organizations to support the daily activities of public health outreach in the community. Small teams of students and faculty provide daily reflections with a culminating presentation to the community partners at the end of the week.
Our College provides the leadership and coordination for the collaborative effort of the Commission to establish, collect data, and monitor the Healthy Border 20/20 goals. The College is also collaborating on the final report of the Healthy Border 20/10 goals.
The Puentes Consortium is intended to provide a distinctive voice for the binational community of scholars who carry out multi-disciplinary research on issues of importance to the relations between Mexico and the U.S. and to the well-being of their inhabitants. Participating universities include Monterrey Tec (ITESM), the University of Monterrey (UDEM) and the University of the Americas in Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico, and the University of Arizona and Rice University in the United States.
This project is a collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion in Northern Mexico at the Colegio de Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora. The project has been adapting, piloting and evaluating Meta→Salud, a community intervention for the primary prevention of NCD.
This study is focused on identifying the essential characteristics of a model of health promoters to strengthen the health of migrant agricultural workers who are migrating from Southern Mexico to Northern Mexico to work in the large fruit and vegetable farms in Sonora.
Beginning with our Arizona Prevention Research Center, we have partnered with communities since 1995 to improve the health and well-being of people living in U.S.-Mexico Border communities through research, training, advocacy and policy change. With leadership provided by Scott Carvajal and Maia Ingram, the Center houses diverse programs and activities that use community-based participatory action research to focus on the prevention of chronic disease in the border region.