Mano y Corazón: Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions
Senator José Rodríguez and the El Paso Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, one of the youngest chapters in the U.S., are co-sponsors of the “Mano y Corazón: Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions,” which takes place Oct. 1-2 in El Paso.
Conference highlights include sessions on the future of nursing, implementation of key elements of health care reform, and a keynote speech by Dr. Donald Berwick, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Other session topics include military sexual trauma, dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder in families of military veterans and in the children who experience violence in Juarez, and creating age-friendly cities.
The conference, conceived by Senator Rodríguez’s District 29 Health Care Advisory Committee, emphasizes the multi-stakeholder approach. Organizers expect hundreds of attendees, including physicians, nurses, allied health practitioners, counselors, social workers, sign language interpreters, students, and community health care workers. Education credits will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, and therapists.
The Advisory Committee identified four pillars of community resiliency: Behavioral Health, Elder Care, Physical Wellness, and Prevention. The Advisory Committee members include nurses, physicians, social workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, gerontologists, nurse educators, advocates, and an attorney—a powerful spectrum of citizen advisors.
“We will showcase the deep knowledge that resides in El Paso’s nurses, physicians and allied health practitioners who constantly battle limited resources, yet manage to create collaborative solutions that address the needs of our multicultural population,” said Senator Rodríguez. “These solutions can be replicated throughout Texas and the nation as more and more communities begin to reflect our demographics.”
More details about conference highlights:
- · The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice will participate in the Senator’s Roundtable on Accountable Care Organizations, 340B and Implications for El Paso’s Practitioners and Border Health Policy. Dartmouth has a strong interest in El Paso’s workforce, diversity, disparities, and position as a gateway to Latin America.
- · The Texas Team will hold a half-day session to discuss the implications of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report. “Advancing Health Through Nursing” will explore the scope of national efforts and statewide efforts to increase the population of nurses that will be needed to meet the expanded market resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- · Dr. Donald Berwick, the keynote speaker, is considered a leading advocate for health care in the United States. Dr. Berwick just stepped down as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For 22 years prior, he was the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care around the world. A pediatrician by background, he has also served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
WHO: Senator José Rodríguez and the El Paso Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
WHAT: “Mano y Corazón: Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions”
WHEN: October 1-2, 2012
WHERE: Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel, 2027 Airway Boulevard, El Paso, Texas 79925