Keynote Speaker Dr. Raul Necochea Discusses Mexican/U.S. Health Initiative at TAMU-CC Graduate Symposium

May 06, 2016

Keynote Speaker Dr. Raul Necochea Discusses Mexican/U.S. Health Initiative at TAMU-CC Graduate Symposium

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A free keynote address at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Graduate Symposium by Dr. Raul Necochea gave an audience of nearly 100 students, faculty, staff and the public valuable insights into a new area of research in the history of Mexican health policies.

The symposium was hosted on April 28 at the University Center by the Departments of English and Humanities at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. Students came from as far as California and Florida to participate in the graduate conference. The theme for the symposium was “bodies,” which serves as an indispensable site for social, historical and cultural meaning.

Necochea, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, presented his work titled, “Windows to Binational Health: Preventive Care and Latin American Migrant Women.” In his keynote, he discussed the origins of the Ventanillas de Salud program, a Mexican/U.S. initiative to provide preventative 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 Mexican migrants and their families living in the United States.

“Most of what we know about this topic comes from what we have studied in preventative and emergency health care that U.S. institutions have provided,” said Necochea. “I wanted to understand where this new style of health diplomacy came from and how it has shaped the expectations of the Mexican government’s role in national health care.”

The keynote reading encouraged audience participation preceded to the graduate symposium panel presentations, which took place the following day.  

“We had the need and the desire to provide an intellectual space where our graduate students could showcase their work,” said Dr. Sandrine Sanos, Associate Professor of Modern European History. “This was a space to embrace and foster the types of productive conversations within different disciplines to go outside of their comfort zone and come together to communicate effectively.”

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