Since 2006, the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) of the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH) of the UC Global Health Initiative (UCGHI), and the Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC), has organized and hosted the Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health (SIMGH), an annual four-day conference dedicated to exploring these issues. This year’s key partners also included: the UC Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment, the Research Program on Migration and Health (PIMSA), the Iniciativa Binacional Zacatecana de Salud (IBIZA), and the Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco through its “Ventanilla de Salud” program.
The main objectives of the Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health are:
1) Develop partnerships among researchers, junior faculty, students, health professionals and other stakeholders, working on migration and health issues.
2) Share existing and expand new methodologies to address opportunities and challenges on research and public health practices of mobile populations.
3) Engage in training and practical education of junior researchers on topics related to migration and global health.
The 10th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health took place from June 22 to 25 in Oakland, California. A total of 112 people attended, including professionals working in the field of migration and health, researchers, academic faculty, students, and providers of medical and social services to migrant communities. They represented 35 organizations and a handful of participants traveled internationally from Mexico, Spain, China, Japan, Switzerland, Lebanon, and Great Britain. Thirty-three speakers from national and international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexican Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs, as well as several respected professors from universities in the U.S. and around the globe conducted lectures and workshops. The University of California campuses were represented by 22 students and 13 faculty members.