Click here to see our 2015 Activity Report to see what we accomplished in 2015 and our new goals for 2016.
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 immigrant communities throughout the United States and Canada, reaching millions of people. As a part of BHW, the Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Health brings together policy makers, community leaders, researchers, founders and providers to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the health of migrant populations.
- 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 4,000 promotores have received training and 330 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.
- Making health care accessible
During two open enrollement periods (2013-2015), our Covered California outreach and education program provided over 456,000 Latinos with in-depth education about the new health insurance marketplace. Through our strategic media campaigns, HIA periodically raises public awareness of migrant health issues and promotes healthy behavior among immigrant families through Public Service Announcements aired during BHW.
- Producing a plethora of resources and sharing best practices
Year-round, HIA produces policy reports and fact sheets, guidebooks on health access, health worker training modules, health education pamphlets, articles, and delivers public presentations. Two migration and health repositories, available to the public, are hosted on our website: the Migration and Health Resource Repository (http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/migration/migration.php) and the Occupational Health and Safety Resource Center (http://migranthealth.ucdavis.edu/), among other publications.
Upcoming Projects. HIA is embarking on four exciting new projects in 2016:
- In partnership with the Center for Connected Health Policy at the Public Health Institute, we will explore the use of telehealth to serve undocumented immigrants binationally.
- Participating in the Health Working Group of the newly launched UC-Mexico Initiative, co-chaired by Dean Bertozzi of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Executive Director Sepulveda of the UC San Francisco Global Health Sciences. The objective of this group is to create a sustained, strategic and equal partnership between UC and institutions in Mexico to explore common areas of interest, address critical issues and educate our 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, we are constructing two online certificate programs for promotores: Nutrition and Occupational Health of Agricultural Workers. The purpose of these programs is to provide structured training and acknowledgement to Promotoras working who interface directly with the Latino population.