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Free Keynote Address Featuring Dr. Raul Necochea to Discuss Mexican/U.S. Health Initiative

April 13, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A free, public keynote address by Dr. Raul Necochea later this month will provide valuable insights into health challenges faced by women in many South Texas communities.

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Departments of English and History will host the Bodies Graduate Symposium with a keynote address by Necochea titled, “Windows to Binational Health: Preventive Care and Latin American Migrant Women.” The address will take place Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320.

Necochea, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss the origins of the Ventanillas de Salud program, a Mexican/U.S. initiative to provide preventive health services and health insurance options for people visiting Mexican consulates in the United States. The free program’s goal is to help prevent diseases and promote healthy habits among Mexicans and their families living in the United States.

“Dr. Necochea’s research is very relevant to the kinds of students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution such as ours,” said Dr. Kelly Bezio Assistant Professor of English. “TAMU-CC students are deeply impacted by U.S./Mexico politics concerning healthcare since many of them and their families are Latino, of Mexican descent, with mixed citizenship status.”

Necochea has a strong interest in the humanities and is the author of “A History of Family Planning in Twentieth-Century Peru.” He is currently researching the history of Mexican health policies for immigrants to the U.S. and the first engagements of African personnel in HIV/AIDS research.

Attendees are also invited to attend the graduate student panel presentations taking place the following day Friday, April 29, in the University Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme for the student presentations is “Bodies,” and the university is welcoming graduate students from all around the country to participate in this event.

“In creating this interdisciplinary environment around the theme of “bodies,” we hope that students will recognize the ways in which their work intersects with the work of scholars in other fields and disciplines,” said Dr. Dale Pattison, Assistant Professor of English at TAMU-CC.

For more information, visit cla.tamucc.edu/graduate_symposium; or call Dr. Dale Pattison at 361.825.2418.