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October 1-21, 2013
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XIII Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health
Inaugural Event for Binational Health Week
October 1st, 2013

The 13th Annual Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Health took place in Washington D.C. on October 1st, 2013, following the inaugural event of Binational Health Week.

This annual policy forum examines and promotes immigrant health issues as a policy priority in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Held every October during Binational Health Week, the forum presents the opportunity for policy-makers, researchers, students, and public health workers to share recent research, propose policy recommendations, and develop bilateral working strategies.

The policy forum is the launching event of Binational Health Week, an annual weeklong series of health promotion and health education activities that include workshops, insurance referrals, and medical screenings. This event has become one of the largest mobilization efforts of government agencies, community-based organizations and volunteers in North America to improve the health and well being of underserved Latinos living in the United States.

The goal of the forum is to convene key stakeholders from the United States, Mexico, Canada, South and Central American countries to discuss (im)migrant health challenges and to explore unique opportunities to work collaboratively to improve the health and well-being of this population.

Representatives from federal, state, and community organizations from participating countries are expected to partake, including elected officials, university administration (faculty, administrators, alumni, and students), union leaders, researchers, federal and state agency directors, media organizations, and other key public and private stakeholders. Participants will convene to discuss immigrants' health challenges and explore collaborative strategies to enhance the health and conditions of this population. Topics to be addressed include global health and migration, chronic and emergent diseases of mobile populations, occupational health and safety, access to health services, workforce development, and the health of vulnerable people, including those with disabilities and agricultural workers.

BHW Forum Report