What we do:
- Mobilizing networks to construct an international movement
With the leadership of many countries and the support of thousands of agencies and volunteers, the annual Binational Health Week (BHW) has brought health services and health promotion activities to Latino migrant communities throughout the United States and Canada, reaching millions of people.
- Educating and empowering culturally competent leaders in the health and migration field
- Capacity building for sustainable and lasting change
The Binational Promotores Program serves various networks in California and in 10 other states. Over 4,300 promotores have received training and 370 have participated in the Exchange Program between Mexico and the U.S. HIA has conducted over 200 trainings based on its own authored Promotores training manuals since the program’s inception in 2003.
- Making health care accessible
Through our strategic media campaigns, HIA periodically raises public awareness of migrant health issues and promotes healthy behavior among migrant families through social media and in-person communication.
- Producing a plethora of resources and sharing best practices
Year-round, HIA releases policy reports and fact sheets, promotora training modules, health education pamphlets, articles, and delivers public presentations. Two migration and health repositories, available to the public, were created by HIA and are hosted online: the Migration and Health Resource Repository (http://repository.ucdavis.edu/) and the Occupational Health and Safety Resource Center (http://migranthealth.ucdavis.edu/). All HIA publications are available on the HIA website: https://hia.berkeley.edu/.
Upcoming Projects 2017-2018:
- The Health Working Group of the UC-Mexico Initiative will reaffirm and expand the collaborative work between UC and institutions in Mexico, exploring common areas of interest, addressing critical issues and educating the next generation of leaders.
- In conjunction with the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS), we are conducting outreach strategies to enroll farm worker communities on efforts to prevent diabetes and obesity using a place-based model.
- In partnership with the University of Zacatecas and WCAHS, HIA has developed two online certificate programs (Diplomados) for promotores: Nutrition and Occupational Health of Migrant Workers. The purpose of these programs is to provide structured training and acknowledgement to Promotoras working who interface directly with the Latino population. Both certificate programs will be launched this year, and completed at the end of 2017 and first semester of 2018, with their first cohort of up to 30 Promotoras students.
- Drawing upon our expertise, networks, and experience, HIA is supporting two campaigns during 2017-2018. We are assisting the California Department of Public Health in their Zika outreach and education activities that target Limited English Proficiency Latinos. HIA is also partnering with the Polaris Project on their campaign against sex trafficking from Mexico, Únete a la Solución.