2016 SWIHDR Conference Agenda Highlights

Agenda Highlights

Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research: 2016 Conference

Cross-Border Opportunities for Health Promotion Over the Life Span

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at New Mexico State University

Keynote Presentation
Zika Virus: A Cross-Border Opportunity to Reduce Border Health Disparities
Keynote Speaker:
Charlan Kroelinger, PhD, MA
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program Lead,
Zika Virus Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force,
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Dr. Charlan Kroelinger is currently a scientific expert on the Contraception Access Team, located within the Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Virus Response.  Her focus in the response is to increase access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives among women of reproductive age who are at risk for unintended pregnancy and may be exposed to Zika virus infection. She is also the lead for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology Program housed in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC.  The goal of the program is to provide direct assistance to states, territories, localities, and tribes on issues related to pregnancy, infant, and women’s health.  This direct assistance is provided by senior MCH epidemiologists placed in agencies, health departments, and epidemiology centers to build capacity and increase infrastructure in the development of MCH programs and policies.
Before taking leadership of the program, Dr. Kroelinger was the senior scientist for the program ensuring production of high quality science, and prior to that, was assigned in the field to the Delaware Division of Public Health as the State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist.  In Delaware, she worked as a Director of Science with the state health department to implement the Governor’s Infant Mortality Initiative to decrease the rate of infant deaths in the state.  She has spent her career working with mothers and infants, and is dedicated to improving the health of women, children, and families.
Dr. Kroelinger received her doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of South Florida, and her Master’s Degree in applied medical anthropology from The University of Alabama.

Panel Plenary: Cross-Border Opportunities for Health Promotion Over the Life Span
To be held at the Yates Theatre …… 'Fishbowl' format (see description below)
***Freida Adams, US-Mexico Border Health Commission, New Mexcio
***Kathryn Hanley, New Mexico State University
***Charlan Kroelinger, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
***Lydia Macklin,  La Clinica de Familia
***Yolanda Palma, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
***Felipe Uribe Salas, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
***Marta Sánchez, US-Mexico Border Health Commission, Chihuahua, Mexico
'Fishbowl' format description:
Plenary Panel Fishbowl FormatPlenary panelists will each speak briefly and discussion with active audience participation will follow.  Audience members can participate in two ways: (1) by writing down questions and passing them to the aisle where staff members will read the questions to the panel member(s), and 2) by taking an open chair and joining the panel in the front of the theatre.

Breakout Sessions:
Overview of US and Mexican Healthcare Systems and the Cross-Border Population (Mojarro, CECOFIN & Herrera, UTEP)
Learning Objective. Participants will learn how health services and operations are organized along the United States and Mexico border. Participants and moderators will discuss access to different health institutions and infrastructure available to people living in both countries, as well as health care coverage and services provided. Financing forms and primary services of maternal and child health programs will also be discussed.     
Healthy Aging in the Border Region (Ali, NMSU, Moderator)
This breakout will facilitate discussions concerning healthy aging in the US/Mexico Border region. Topics covered include geriatric mental health, stigmas specific to the aging population, and refuting the idea that “aging is a disease.” Additionally, participants will learn about local research opportunities, as well as ways to empower older adults to age gracefully.
Reproductive Justice: Adolescent Health and the Border Region (Nixon, HERO/UNM with Esparza, YWU & Nissen, Adolescent Pregnancy Work Group)
In this session participants will gain insight into the efforts of two community-centered, long standing groups that focus on reproductive health and justice for adolescents. Both groups have supported pregnant and parenting teens through advocacy that increased awareness, education and access to contraception in the state of New Mexico. This session will explore the philosophical differences and similarities of these two groups as well as identify possible collaborative strategies for moving forward.
Building an Interdisciplinary Pipeline for Binational Research (Scott, NMSU with Gard, NMSU; Palma & Uribe, COLEF; Sobin, UTEP)
This work group session will focus on strategies to build capacity and infrastructure in the region to conduct interdisciplinary and interinstitutional health research. Topics for discussion and planning will include advising students, funding opportunities, collaborative training across institutions, field experiences, available binational data sources, communication strategies across languages, and developmental training for students at different levels. The goal of the session is to develop an action plan of coordinated next steps.
Mental Health Disparities in the Border Region (Moralez, NMSU & Ontiveros, LCDF)
This breakout will focus on giving participants a better understanding of mental health across the life course, as well as how mental health impacts concurrent chronic illnesses commonly seen in the US/Mexico border region. Additionally, research areas around mental health will be covered to promote the inclusion of improving mental health outcomes as part of regional research agendas. Topics covered will include depression, stress/anxiety, issues around self-value, as well as violence and trauma.
Creating a Healthy Built Environment in the Border Region (Bachman, DACU)
The built environment (our human-made surroundings, including buildings, green space, stores, and streets) has a tremendous impact on our health. This interactive session will explore how community members can work as equals with decision makers to create built environments that promote health. Through a series of hands-on activities, participants will explore methods for engaging with community members and reflect on how to incorporate such approaches into their own work.