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(Oct. 3, 2011) -- The UTSA Mexico Center in partnership with the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Mexican Consulate Office in San Antonio will host scholars and health professionals from nine countries including the United States and Mexico at the 11th annual Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health, Oct. 3-4 at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

The international forum was organized by the Mexico Ministry of Health, Mexico’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the UC Berkeley Health Initiative of the Americas.

The public policy forum kicks off Binational Health Week with participants from academia, government and the community seeking to improve the health and quality of life of migrant Mexicans and Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada.

On Oct. 4, forum participants will address policy issues related to chronic diseases, infectious diseases, women’s health, mental health and group access to health-care services.

Established in October 2005, the UTSA Mexico Center is the umbrella organization that connects the university’s Mexico-related experts and is continually engaged in research and educational projects to promote greater knowledge and understanding of issues facing Latino immigrants from Mexico.

The center is a member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national group of university-based centers focused on the promotion of Latino scholarship within the United States. Through IUPLR, UTSA’s scholars network and conduct collaborative, policy-relevant research to mitigate the challenges facing the nation’s growing Latino population.

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, representing approximately 16 percent of the nation’s population. In 2010, an estimated 9.6 million U.S. immigrants were born in Mexico. In Texas, Hispanics make up 38 percent of the population, according to the 2010 Census.


>> View the full conference schedule at the Binational Health Week website.

Forum highlights, Tuesday, Oct. 4

9 a.m.: Opening ceremony

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Keynote addresses by Steve Waterman, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quarantine and Border Health Services, San Diego, and Mauricio Hernandez Avila, undersecretary for preventation and health promotion, Mexico Ministry of Health

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.: Working sessions



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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