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USMex (United States-Mexico) Unidos por Salud

The University of California, Riverside Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) and investigators in the US-México Border Health Commission are the primary partners for this Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PiMSA) award. This one-year project examines the context of healthcare decisions for Mexican migrants in the US and identifies barriers to healthcare service use for migrants in rural areas of the US. Through the building of bi-national partnership with investigators, service providers, and policy makers in the Mexican Ministry of Health, we intend to find ways to address barriers to healthcare service use for this population of Mexican migrants.

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About the the USMex Unidos por Salud Project

USMex Unidos por Salud aims to:

  • Examine the factors influencing healthcare services for Mexican migrants in the US, and the healthcare resources offered through the Mexican Consular Network (e.g., Ventanillas de Salud).
  • Determine the healthcare needs of rural Mexican migrants in the US and barriers to access needed services.
  • Develop a binational partnership between the UCR School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities and the Mexican Ministry of Health that directs health resources and programs to Mexican migrants in rural communities in the US.

UCMex Unidos por Salud Project aims are accomplished through several engagement and research activities:

  • Formation of a monthly community advisory board
  • Interviews with policy makers in the Mexican Ministry of Health.
  • Interviews with administrators in the Mexican Consular Network.
  • Focus groups with healthcare providers working in or affiliated with the Mexican Consular Network.
  • In-home meetings with individuals from Mexico in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

Project Team
  • Ann Cheney - Principal investigator
  • Ana Maria Lopez Jaramillo – Co-principal investigator
  • Gudelia Rangel Gomez- Co-investigator
  • Maria Pozar- Community lead
  • Katheryn Rodriguez-  Project coordinator

What's Happening Now?

To date, the Unidos por Salud project has formed an engaged a Community Advisory Board of promotoras, service providers, and investigators that provides guidance on the project as a whole.

We conducted research in Mexico with leadership and investigators in the Mexican Ministry of Health, as well as administrators and providers in the Mexican Consular Network in the US. We will also conduct in-home meetings with Mexican migrants in communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

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