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Presentations from the 2019 Health of Migrants Conference

2019 Presentations

Introduction to Conference: Goals and Expectations. Hani Serag, MD, MPH. Director of programs, Center for Global and Community Health (CGCH), UTMB.

Global to Local; a Public Health Approach to Migrant Health. Umair Shah, MD, MPH. Executive Director, Harris County Public Health, Texas, USA.

Climate Change, Health, and Human Mobility in the Americas. Marcelo Korc, PhD, MPH - Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Washington DC, USA

Migration and Human Mobility: Trends, Determinants, and Consequences. Carlos Van Der Laat, MD - Migrants health assistance program coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva, Switzerland.

PAHO’s Technical Cooperation on Health and MigrationJames Fitzgerald, Pharma D, PhD - Director of health systems and services, PAHO/WHO, Washington DC, USA.

Migration, Human Rights and Health. Vicki Gass - Senior Policy Advisor for Central America and Mexico, Oxfam-America, Washington DC, USA

Community-Based and Participatory Action Research for Migration and Health Justice. Shelley White, MPH, PhD - Associate professor of public health and sociology and director of MPH in health equity, Simmons University, Boston, MA, USA

Research Agenda for the Health of Migrants in Texas: Achievements, Challenges and Future Perspectives. Dawn McCarty, PhD - Associate professor and director of the Social Work Program, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Needs Assessment to Inform Effective Strategies for Refugee Health. Anuka Das, MD – Resident, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Health Systems as Safe Places for Migrants and Teaming Up Against Public ChargeAndrew Bratsman  – Doctors for Change, Houston, Texas, USA

Improving Access to Forensic Evaluations for Asylum Seekers. Karla Fredricks, MD, MPH, FAAP – Assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Program for Immigrants and Refugee Child Health (PIRCH), Section of Global and Immigrant Health, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, TX, USA

Addressing Barriers of Migrants to Healthcare: The Model of Hope Clinic. Andrea Caracostis, MD – Chief executive officer, Asian American Health Coalition dba HOPE Clinic, Houston, TX, USA

Strategies for Community Mobilization and Actions to Address the Question of the Health of Migrants. Angelica Razo - Texas State Director,  Mi Familia Vota, Texas, USA

Town-Grown Civic Partnerships for Immigrants Health and Social Justice. Jonathan M. White, PhD - Associate Professor, Sociology, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

The Role of Migration in Propagating the AIDS epidemic: Inequality and Power Dynamics. Michael Goodman, DrPH, MPH – Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, UTMB, TX, USA

Legal Status as a Social Determinant of Health. Nusrat Ameen, PhD - Daya's Senior Director of Legal Services

Determinants of Emigration and the Immigration Journey. Karen Carpio, MPH - Regional Office for Central America, North America, and the Caribbean, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Child Detainment: Immediate and Latent Implications. Mark A. Ward, MD - Associate professor and director of Pediatric Residency Program, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Texas Pediatrics Society

The Health of Child Migrant: the Role and Plans of Texas Pediatric Society. Kimberly Cruzita Avila Edwards, MD - Assistant professor and Founder of the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas; Texas Pediatrics Society

Policies Regulating the Migrants’ Access to Healthcare. Melissa McChesney, MSW - Center for Public Policy Priorities, Houston, TX, USA

Integration of Migrants in Local Communities: Determinants, Challenges, and Solutions. Helen Valier, PhD - Director of Medicine and Society Program, assistant professor of health humanities at the Honors College, and assistant professor of health systems and population sciences at the College of Medicine, University of Houston, TX, USA

The Man-Made Humanitarian Crisis of Using Migrants and Refugees as Political Footballs. Susannah Cunningham, Executive director of Only Through US, Washington DC, USA

PAHO’s Resolution of Health Promotion: Opportunities to Advance the Health of Migrants. Gerry Eijkemans, MD - Unit Chief, Social Determinants of Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Policies and Decision-Making Mechanisms that Influence the Systems Response to The Question of Migration and Health. Eduardo Espinoza, MD, MPH – Member of the Ibero-American Observatory of Public Policies and Health (OPPS) of the Center for Health Research and Development (CENSALUD) of the University of El Salvador

Migration, Health, and Climate Change. Marilyn Silvia Aparicio-Effen PhD, MD - Unidad de Cambio Climático Ambiente y Salud, Instituto Boliviano de Biología de Altura, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Serving Refugees in the Middle East: Impossible Mission? Sayed Shah, MD – Director, Health Policy & Planning Office United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Access to Medicine among Migrants: Determinants, Challenges & Solutions. Danya Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD – Assistant professor and Graduate Program director, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA

The Health of Syrians and Syrian Refugees. Samer Jabbour, MD, MPH - Associate professor of practice, Department of Health Management & Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon