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The Evolution of COVID Testing, Treatment, and Management in an Under-Resourced US-Mexico Border Community: Lessons Learned with Far Reaching Impacts for Communities Nationwide

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The Evolution of COVID Testing, Treatment, and Management in an Under-Resourced US-Mexico Border Community: Lessons Learned with Far Reaching Impacts for Communities Nationwide
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Eastern (ET)

It is now a little over three years since the onset of the COVID pandemic. In those three years we have experienced pain, learned to meet new challenges, and witnessed fissures in our social safety net. This session will explore the lessons learned, current challenges, and important issues for the future of COVID and other infectious disease, through the lens of a under resourced community on the US-Mexico border. The session will explore how the federally funded clinics in the area rose to meet the challenge of COVID in a binational setting and examine the changes that have occurred since moving COVID testing, treatment, and management to the primary care setting. Expert faculty will discuss the role that stigma and discrimination have played in addressing COVID in the unique and sometimes fraught environment of a border community. The session will end with a discussion of how we can better address the needs of under resourced communities to fight future pandemics.

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Learning Objectives
  • Understand and explore the unique circumstances and clinical challenges to fighting a pandemic in an under resourced US-Mexico border community.
  • Discuss the current strengths and challenges of addressing COVID in a primary care setting rather than a designated COVID clinic.
  • Identify lessons learned from the COVID pandemic in an under resourced border community which can either be adopted by other communities or better addressed to meet the needs of future communities when faced with another pandemic.


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Chief Program Officer, International and Emerging Issues

Migrant Clinicians Network

Community/Migrant Health Center

As the Chief Program Officer, International and Emerging Issues for Migrant Clinicians Network, Deliana Garcia (she/her/ella) has dedicated more than thirty years to the health and wellness needs of migrant and other underserved immigrant populations. Throughout her career she has worked in the areas of reproductive health, sexual and intimate partner violence, access to primary care, and infectious disease control and prevention. Garcia is responsible for the development and expansion of Health Network, an international bridge case management and patient navigation system to make available across international borders the health records of migrants diagnosed with infectious and chronic diseases. She has served as the Principal Investigator or member of the research team for a number of studies addressing topics, such as sexual and intimate partner violence prevention among Latino migrant and immigrant families, trauma in transit for migrants crossing international borders, and emotionally-charged dialogue between patients and health care providers.

Dr. Roberto Johansson
Dr. Roberto Johansson
Salud de Familiar La Fe

Dr. Roberto Johansson is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. Presently, he works for Salud de Familiar La Fe in El Paso, Texas. He is also a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Dr. Johansson completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of New York at Columbia University followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Cornell University. The American Society for Microbiology has awarded him an ICAAC Young Investigator Award. He has been awarded memberships into Alpha Omega Alpha and the Arnold Gold Humanitarian Society. He is the author of many peer reviewed scientific articles. He was also part of the Child Advocacy Committee in New York State for 20 years.

Johansson, affectionately known as Dr. Bert, is noted for employing child's play and humor as one method for evaluating his patients. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in science and medicine, especially disadvantaged students. Dr Bert also works with Children at the Center Against Family and Sexual Violence, recent Migrants and with homeless children in El Paso. 

Continuing Education Credit (CEU)

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Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


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Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), is accredited as an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.