More than half of New York City’s Mexican immigrants hail from Puebla, Mexico. “Migrants travel with their belief systems and their attitudes towards health services and these, in turn, shape their expectations and encounters towards services in the United States,” says Yumary Ruiz, a clinical assistant professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. To better assess the health needs of these immigrants, Ruiz teaches Global Issues in Public Health: Puebla, Mexico, a course that allows students to examine the impact of transnational migration issues.
Ruiz’s course begins in Brooklyn where students explores a Mexican neighborhood and continues to Puebla, Mexico where students interact with residents and visit public health services. Through research on health issues, Ruiz’s students – many of them health professionals – are making a contribution to better delivery services to New York City’s immigrant population.
Photo: Yumary Ruiz (seated) and students talk to senior citizens and adults about their migration experiences at a community center in Cacoloxuchitl, Mexico.