The 11th SIMGH took place took place from June 14-17, 2016 in Oakland, California. Ninety-six participants representing 60 organizations attended the four-day conference, with international visitors hailing from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. Twenty-four speakers from national and international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, the California Department of Public Health, as well as several respected professors from Universities in the U.S. and around the globe.
The conference was structured as follows: three days of morning plenary sessions followed by afternoon thematic workshops at the California Endowment conference facility in Oakland, California. The fourth and final day participants had the option to either attend a site visit to the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, or attend a workshop at UC Berkeley where University of California graduate students and grantees of the Research Program on Migration and Health (PIMSA for its Spanish acronym) presented their research results. Social activities took place throughout the event, providing multiple opportunities for networking and discussion among participants.
The main topics addressed by the expert speakers during the plenary sessions were: Global perspective and current actions on migration, human mobility and public health; Violence and unaccompanied minors; Access to healthcare for immigrants in the U.S.; Climate change & environmental migration; Mental health; and Infectious Diseases among Migrant Populations. The main topics covered during the nine workshops were: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in Global Migration; Data Sources on Migration and Health; Climate Change; Evaluation and Intervention of Mental Health among Migrants; Outreach and Health Promotion; Moving from Research to Public Policy.