Panel Paper: Public-Private Partnerships As Alternatives to Traditional Public Administration: Transnational Healthcare Access for Migrants

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Building 3, Room 209 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Adrian M. Velazquez Vazquez, University of La Verne and Jennifer N. Newman, California State University, Northridge

This paper analyzes the legal framework, funding processes, and community activities of one popular model of Hispanic non-profit organization based in the U.S., which is directly supported by the government of Mexico. An in-depth analysis of this type of organization will provide a much needed perspective on the features of the model to provide community services, more specifically, access to healthcare at the local level. The paper will also provide information on the role non-traditionally international governmental entities play in the composition and activities of U.S. based voluntary organizations and the types of services provided in conjunction with Mexican governmental agencies.

The goal of this work is to present the diverse ways in which migrant networks engage with their environment and the challenges of collaboration across sectors, jurisdictions, and national territories. Special emphasis is given to analyzing policies and regulations governing the financial and technical support provided to U.S. based voluntary organizations, along with practical considerations on implementation. The methodology involves document analysis along with original data obtained from interviews with government officials and community leaders in charge of voluntary organizations. Alternatively, the paper will also present a discussion on how these organizations promote integration/adaptation of Mexican immigrants to the United States. This work should provide useful information to conduct further research on this type of organization, as well as to expand the inquiry to other ethnic/immigrant groups.