On January 31, 2020, a binational-interprofessional team of four SEAHEC interns worked with the Mexican Consulate (Douglas) to bring the Mexican Ventanilla de Salud Program to Pearce-Sunsites. Ventanilla de Salud is part of the Mexican Consulate’s Juntos por la Salud program aimed at Mexican nationals living in the US. The program provides health education, screenings and referrals as well as legal and financial resources. Services are offered at consulate offices and related public health events, but Mobile Health Units (MHU) expand services across the U. S. While the majority of MHUs are run by Juntos por la Salud, the University of Arizona College of Public Health operates MHUs out of Tucson and Phoenix.
Hosted by the Pierce-Sunsites Fire District, the first of the SEAHEC/Mexican Consulate Health Events for 2020 brought the UA Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit into rural Cochise County. The Mobile Health Unit is managed through a partnership between the University of Arizona (UA) College of Public health and the Mexican Consulate.
The expansion of crucial public health services into rural southeast Arizona will serve Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. SEAHEC interns train with Juntos por la Salud staff to enable them to provide Ventanilla de Salud services, formerly only available in urban areas or at Mexican Consulate offices. Available health screenings focus on helping people manage a healthy weight and prevent or control diabetes. Tests include Blood pressure, Height/Weight, BMI, Cholesterol, Glucose levels and A1C, (a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to monitor how well diabetes management is working Source: Mayo Clinic).
Also joining the effort will be the University of Arizona Cáncer Resource Center, which will provide cancer prevention information. Health education topics include colon cancer, skin cancer, and breast cancer.