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BORDER HEALTH Past, Present and Future. Frank Cantu Dallas , Texas April 3, 2013 New Mexico State University Jeffrey E. and Mary T. Brandon Distinguished Lecture Series on Health Disparities. The Past Who got us here?.
Who got us here?
“Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
- Albert Einstein
Dr. Brandon co-edited the first book on U.S.-Mexico border health challenges (1997). He was nominated by Governor Gary Johnson in 1998 and appointed by U.S. President William Clinton on December 15, 1999 to serve as an inaugural member of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. He was sworn in by DHHS Secretary Donna Shalala on January 20, 2000.
“A Doctor with a Border”
El Conquistador is the highest award the City of El Paso bestows on a citizen, and Dr. LauranceNickey has earned the title twice for his accomplishments in private practice and public health.
A pediatrician and a long serving Director of the El Paso City – County Health District, Nickey also developed, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Air Control Board and the Mexican EPA, the first bi-national air monitoring study along the U.S.-Mexico Border and the first such study between any two nations in the world. In addition to numerous awards bestowed upon Dr. Nickey, his laudable accomplishments include polio immunization program in west Texas and southern New Mexico, establishing the El Paso Tuberculosis Control Unit, and legislative advocacy that lead to ensuring newborn babies are covered by insurance from the first day of life.
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Miami
Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration on May 12, 1998. HRSA, with a $8 billion budget, leads the nation's efforts to open access to health care for all Americans, including poor, uninsured and isolated individuals and families, through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs. A true champion of public health, Dr. Fox is the Founding Director of the Florida Public Health Institute.
U. S. – Mexico Border Health Commission
U. S. Section
Eva M. Moya is a native of the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez U.S. Mexico Borderlands. Eva received her Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Her works include service as the Executive Director for the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and the Senior Program Coordinator for the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Collaborative Outreach Project "Border Vision Fronteriza Initiative" with the University of Arizona. She is presently the Project Co-Director for the Community Access Program of Arizona – CAPAZ.
Dr. Lawrence Kline, originally from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was educated
at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After internship and medical residency in the U.S. Public Health Services Hospital in New York, he completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of California, San Diego. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine.
Dr. Sumaya received a Bachelor of Arts degree (1963) with high honors and selection to Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Texas at Austin. His Doctor of Medicine degree (1966) and selection into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society was obtained at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Sumayawas appointed as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration by President Clinton on February 10, 1984.
Everyone that knew Dr. Andrew Nichols will agree with Alison Hughes, MPA, director of the Rural Health Office at Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health as she describes Dr. Nichols in these words:
“Andy was able to combine his medical and public health knowledge with political savvy and persistence to improve health in Arizona, nationally, and at the U. S. – Mexico Border. He spent his life working for justice in health care and generated numerous programs that provide access to high-quality health care for all, particularly in rural and border communities.”
Dan was the founding Director of the New Mexico Office of Border Health and served in that position for 13 years until he assumed the position of General Manager of the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission in 2006, as an employee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Global Affairs.
Dan’s dedication and passion are an inspiration and model for us all as we carry on the work of improving access to preventive and primary healthcare services to all residents of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.
Public Health Conditions
“It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.“
- Sir Winston Churchill
3 times higher than U.S. average
“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
- John F. Kennedy
What I see in the future for Border Health: