The seventh Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, organized by the Health Initiative of the Americas of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC) of UC Davis, the Center for Health Policy Research of UC Los Angeles, and the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH) of the UC Global Health Initiative (UCGHI), took place from June 25th to 29th in Los Angeles, California at The California Endowment and UC Los Angeles.
The presentations covered a wide spectrum of issues related to migrant health, including: Good Practices to Address Migration and Global Health Issues; Social Determinants of Migrant Health; Global Migration and Health Transitions; Historic and Current Trends for Global Migration; and Mobility, Global Health and Human Rights. Other topics addressed included Strategies and Actions on Migration and Global Health in the US; Mexico’s Strategy for Health Services for Migrant Populations; Immigrants and Occupational Health; Migration and Mental Health; Women and Migration; and HIV and Mobile Populations.
A total of 89 participants, including key professionals working the field of migration and health, as well as researchers, academic faculty, students, and providers of social services to migrant communities attended the Institute. They represented 27 organizations, including 14 international organizations and 38 universities. The University of California was represented by 25 students and 20 faculty members from 9 UC campuses. During this year’s event, 36 speakers from six different countries conducted lectures, and keynote speakers included representatives and officials from the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexican Secretary of Health, as well as several respected professors from Universities in Spain, Mexico, Peru and the United States.
The Summer Institute also hosted the third annual COEMH workshop for UC students. 22 students from 5 UC campuses were able to present their research on different subjects related to migration and health and receive feedback from UC faculty. These students’ experiences were also enriched by the opportunity to attend the plenary presentations of the Summer Institute and network with other international researchers.
The last day of the Summer Institute was dedicated to a field visit to the Ventanilla de Salud, a health station at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, and to ALTAMED Medical Clinic at Commerce, a community clinic in Los Angeles that serves thousands of patients per year, the majority of them Latinos. There, participants listened to interesting presentations about their different programs and their efforts to be culturally and linguistically competent for the population they serve.
The 7th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health was possible thanks to the sponsorship and collaboration of: Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC); California Program on Access to Care (CPAC); Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy at UC Irvine (CRI); Gifford Center for Population Studies at UC Davis; UCSF Global Health Sciences; UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) with support from Healthcare Research and Quality Agency, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Secretaría de Salud de México; The Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles; and The California Endowment.