Strengthening Collaboration and Sharing Experiences on the U.S. Mexico Border Maria Teresa Cerqueira, BS, MS, PhD Affiliate Session Monday, November 4, 2013 APHA Annual Meeting Boston Convention Center
Presenter DisclosuresMaria Teresa Cerqueira The following personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation existed during the past 12 months: No relationships to disclose
A Little History • 1902 – to present: The Pan American Sanitary Bureau, the oldest health organization still functioning • 1942 – 2013: The PAHO/WHO U.S. Mexico Border Office • 1943 – 2010: U.S. Mexico Border Health Association, with 16 Binational Health Councils (COBINAS) • 1948 – to present: The World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization became the Regional Office for the Americas • 2000 – to present: Border Environmental
Purpose of the MOU • PAHO/WHO, APHA, and SMSP through the present MOU, agree to enter into this agreement to collaborate on joint initiatives to improve the health and well-being of the people who live along the US-Mexico Border. • The purpose of this MOU is to establish the general terms and conditions pursuant to which PAHO/WHO, APHA, and SMSP will work together to collaborate on joint initiatives.
Areas of Cooperation To accomplish this purpose, the parties will share information, technical expertise, and undertake such activities, agreed to by the parties, which may support the shared missions of these organizations. The parties will develop the following activities:
Terms of Reference • Form a working group to develop a proposal for the creation of a public health organization for the U.S. Mexico Border. • Collaborate in preparing proposals to mobilize resources. • Encourage participation with the border states associations.
Terms of Reference • Collaborate in the organization of border health events, intellectual exchanges, technical and scientific meetings, and other means • Collaborate in developing a proposal for periodic and continual border exchange mechanisms of communication and dissemination vehicles (such as newsletters, web page, and other media). • Disseminate information about border health events among the members of PAHO, APHA and SMPS.
Terms of Reference 8. Include border health issues and news in events and dissemination materials of each of the organizations (APHA, PAHO, SMSP). 9. Contribute to strengthening border state associations and societies.
Commitments of PAHO/WHO, APHA and SMSP • PAHO/WHO, in accordance with its rules and regulations and subject to the availability of resources, will provide technical cooperation through its facilities as needed. • APHA will provide assistance in accordance with its principles and philosophy, subject to the availability of resources and in harmony with its strategic priorities through its facilities and specialized expert services. • SMSP will provide assistance in accordance with its principles and philosophy, subject to the availability of resources and in harmony with its strategic priorities through its facilities and specialized expert services.
Progress • Finalized and disseminated the report of the discussion group carried out on September 7th. • Prepare an MOU and circulate for all parties to agree on next steps • The MOU was signed by all three parties • Organize a working group to begin the business plan for the association, and mobilize resources for the working group meetings and activities • Support exchange of experiences among the border affiliate associations – societies
Next Steps • Identify and contact the border affiliate associations in all ten states: • Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California • Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora and Baja California • Carry out a process of consultation with stakeholders to understand their needs the needs perceived by the public health community and gather their recommendations as to what they want in a new association and what they would not want. • Organize personal and virtual meetings of the working group
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