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UC MEXUS-CMHI Migration and Health Issues in Mexico and California

This special grants program for collaborative research on health and migration in California and Mexico was offered starting in 2003 as a joint initiative of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and the California-Mexico Health Initiative (CMHI) at the University of California Office of the President California Policy Research Center, in partnership with the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) of the California Policy Research Center, UC Office of the President; the Secretaría de Salud (SSA); el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT); the Fundación México-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC); and the California Endowment (TCE).

The primary objective of the program is to provide seed funds for developing projects in all disciplines that will enhance the understanding and knowledge of migration and health-related issues facing Mexican-origin workers and their families in California and Mexico, as well as the dissemination of information regarding these issues. A second objective is to promote new collaborative research actions and long-term linkages among the University of California campuses and Mexican research institutions. Ultimately, the program strives to create a binational network of researchers and institutions from California and Mexico who can inform policy decisions on health and migration issues.

The Co-Principal Investigators, departments, home UC campuses and Mexican institutions, and project titles of the grant recipients are listed below.

2005 | 2004 | 2003

2005

Edgar W. Butler, Sociology, UC Riverside, Celia Mancillas Bazán, Psicología, Universidad Iberoamericana. Interpersonal and mental health in Mexican immigrant couples: a bicultural study/Salud mental e interpersonal en parejas mexicanas migrantes: un estudio bicultural.

Patricia B. Crawford, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, UC Berkeley, Montserrat Bacardi Gascón, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California – Tijuana. Evaluation of the period of adiposity rebound for the prevention of obesity/Evaluación del periodo de rebote de adiposidad para la prevención de obesidad.

Brenda Eskenazi, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, Lynnette M. Neufeld, Nutrición y Epidemiología, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Understanding the effects of U.S.-Mexico migration on childhood overweight/Comprendiendo los efectos de migración entre los Estados Unidos y México en el sobrepeso de niños durante la infancia.

Lucia L. Kaiser, Nutrition, UC Davis, Luz Elvia Vera Becerra, Facultad de Medicina-Nutrición, Universidad de Guanajuato. Influence of migration on nutritional practices that promote obesity in young children/Influencia de la migración en prácticas de nutrición que promueven la obesidad en niños.

Janet C. King, Nutrition, UC Davis, Esther Casanueva, Investigaciónes en Salud Pública, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología. Impaired glucose tolerance and diet glycemic load in obese, pregnant women in Mexico City/Intolerancia a la glucosa e índice glicémico de la dieta en mujeres embarazadas con obesidad de la Ciudad de México.

Alexandra Minnis, Obsterics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco, Sergio Bautista Arredondo, Economía y Políticas de Salud, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Migration and reproductive health among Mexican youth/Migración y salud reproductiva entre adolescentes mexicanos.

John M. Ringman, Neurology, UC Los Angeles, Yaneth Rodríguez, Laboratorio de Psicología Experimental, Instituto Nacional de Neurología. Neuropsychological changes in persons of Mexican descent at-risk for familial Alzheimer's Disease/Cambios neuropsicológicos en personas de descendencia mexicana en-riesgo para enfermedad de Alzheimer familial.

Leslie Wilson, Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco, Janine Ramsey, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Collaboration on identification of risk and cost-effectiveness of Chagas Disease in the Mexican and California blood supply by geographic migration/Colaboración en la identificación de riesgos por migración geográfica y el costo-efectividad de estrategias para el tamizaje transfusional para "Trypanosoma cruzi" (enfermedad de Chagas) en México y California.

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2004

Yvette Flores-Ortiz, Chicana/o Studies, UC Davis, Enriqueta Valdéz Curiel, Medicina, Universidad de Guadalajara. On the other side: An educational radio production about Mexican migrants on both sides of the Mexican-American border.

Melvin B. Heyman, Pediatrics (GI/Nutrition), UC San Francisco, Arturo Jiménez-Cruz, Facultad de Medicina, Depto. de Nutrición, UABC-Campus Tijuana. Risk factors for pediatric overweight including migration and acculturation: Two case control studies in the Tijuana and San Francisco public schools.

Teresa Juarbe, Family Health Care Nursing, UC San Francisco, Isabel Hernández Tezoquipa, Salud Comunitaria y Bienestar Social, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Cross cultural and self-care issues to prevent cardiovascular disease risk factors in immigrant Mexican women.

Jessica Kingston, Reproductive Medicine, UC San Diego, Daniel Grossman, Regional Office-Latin American and Caribbean, Population Council. Research on Mexican women who seek safe abortion services in California.

Steven R. López, Psychology, UC Los Angeles, Carmen Lara-Muñoz, Psiquiatría, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Schizophrenia in Mexican communities on both sides of the border.

Blas Pérez-Henríquez, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, Juan Pablo Gutierrez, Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Patterns of health expenditure, provider preferences and insurance enrollment among Mexican families who receive remittances from the United States.

Patricia Zavella, Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Maria P. Fortuny Loret, CIESAS-Península. The Journey: Oxkutzcab, Yucatán/San Francisco, California.

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2003

William Cunningham, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, UC Los Angeles; René Leyva Flores, Centro de Investigaciones en Salud Poblacional, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Adaptation and Testing of the HIV Legal Checkup for Mexican Origin Migrants with HIV/AIDS.

Yvette Flores-Ortiz, Chicana/o Studies, UC Davis; Enriqueta Valdéz Curiel, Departamento de Medicina, CUSUR-Universidad de Guadalajara. Intimate Partner Violence and Depression among Rural Mexican Women.

Margaret Handley, Family and Community Medicine, UC San Francisco; Sandra G. García, Reproductive Health-Latin America and the Caribbean, Population Council-Mexico. Understanding Repeat Cesarean Births Among Mexican Migrant Women in California and Mexico: A Binational Approach.

Kurt Organista, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley; Maria Elena Medina-Mora, Investigaciones Epidemiológicas, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría. Mental Health and Migration: A Binational Proposal.

Marc B. Schenker , Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, UC Davis; Fernando Meneses González, Centro de Investigaciones en Salud Poblacional, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública.
Determinants of Health and Disease Amoung Mexican Migrants to California.

Steven P. Wallace, Center for Health Policy Research, UC Los Angeles; Elmyra Ybañez-Zepeda, Estudios de Población, El Colegio de la Frontera del Norte. Trans-border Relations and Health Care in Tijuana.