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U.S. and Mexican Scholars Discuss Health Policy at Global Forum

October, 2011

Forum scheduled for October 4 at UTSA Downtown Campus


(San Antonio) … The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Mexico Center, in partnership with the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Mexican Consulate Office in San Antonio, will host scholars and health professionals from nine countries including the U.S. and Mexico at the 11th Annual Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health, scheduled October 3-4 at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas.


The international forum is organized by the Mexican Ministry of Health, Mexico’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the UTSA Mexico Center, UC Berkeley’s Health Initiative of the Americas, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the YWCA.


The public policy forum kicks off Binational Health Week, with participants from academia, government and the community seeking to improve the health and quality of life of migrant Mexicans and Latin Americans living in the U.S. and Canada.  On Oct. 4, forum participants will address policy issues related to chronic diseases, infectious diseases, women’s health, mental health and group access to health care services.


Established in October 2005, UTSA’s Mexico Center is the umbrella organization that connects the university’s existing Mexico-related experts and is continually engaged in research and educational projects to promote greater knowledge and understanding of issues facing Latino immigrants from Mexico. The Center is a member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national group of university-based centers focused on the promotion of Latino scholarship within the United States. Through IUPLR, UTSA’s scholars network and conduct collaborative, policy-relevant research to mitigate the challenges facing the nation’s growing Latino population.


In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, representing approximately 16 percent of the nation’s population. In 2010, an estimated 9.6 million U.S. immigrants were born in Mexico. In Texas, Hispanics make up 38 percent of the population, according to the 2010 Census.


View the full conference schedule at


Forum highlights include:

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

9 a.m.:                        Formal Inaugural Ceremony

10:15-11:15 a.m.:     Keynote Addresses by Dr. Steve Waterman MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control Quarantine and Border Health Services, San Diego


Dr. Mauricio Hernández Avila, Undersecretary for Preventation and Health Promotion, Mexican Ministry of Health 

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.:     Working Sessions Meet

1-3 p.m.:                     Lunch

3-6 p.m.:                     Working Sessions (continued)



The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.


UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in 134 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit



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