An Innovative United States–Mexico Community Outreach Initiative for Hispanic and Latino People in the United States: A Collaborative Public Health Network

Michael A. Flynn, Alfonso Rodriguez Lainz, Juanita Lara, Cecilia Rosales, Federico Feldstein, Ken Dominguez, Amy Wolkin, Ivan Roberto Sierra Medal, Josana Tonda, Sandra Romero-Steiner, Julio Dicent-Taillepierre, Maria Gudelia Rangel Gómez

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Abstract

Collaborative partnerships are a useful approach to improve health conditions of disadvantaged populations. The Ventanillas de Salud (VDS) (“Health Windows”) and Mobile Health Units (MHUs) are a collaborative initiative of the Mexican government and US public health organizations that use mechanisms such as health fairs and mobile clinics to provide health information, screenings, preventive measures (eg, vaccines), and health services to Mexican people, other Hispanic people, and underserved populations (eg, American Indian/Alaska Native people, geographically isolated people, uninsured people) across the United States. From 2013 through 2019, the VDS served 10.5 million people (an average of 1.5 million people per year) at Mexican consulates in the United States, and MHUs served 115 461 people from 2016 through 2019. We describe 3 community outreach projects and their impact on improving the health of Hispanic people in the United States. The first project is an ongoing collaboration between VDS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address occupational health inequities among Hispanic people. The second project was a collaboration between VDS and CDC to provide Hispanic people with information about Zika virus infection and health education. The third project is a collaboration between MHUs and the University of Arizona to provide basic health services to Hispanic communities in Pima and Maricopa counties, Arizona. The VDS/MHU model uses a collaborative approach that should be further assessed to better understand its impact on both the US-born and non–US-born Hispanic population and the public at large in locations where it is implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Reports
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • culturally tailored partnerships
  • health inequities
  • institutional capacity building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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