Austin American-Statesman (July 23, 2023) – A woman and her three daughters recently made the harrowing trek from Colombia to El Paso — braving the nightmarish jungles of the Darién Gap, traveling more than 3,000 miles across a half-dozen countries, facing the constant danger of assault and robbery, all to flee a homeland torn by militias that rape and traffic women at will. When the family reached the outskirts of El Paso, behind them stood suffering, starvation and death. Ahead of them stood our border wall. They scaled the wall. Keep reading.
NBC News (June 9, 2023) – As thousands of migrants arrive at the U.S. borders, volunteers in El Paso, Texas, are banding together to help people on their journey to a new life. Watch.
PBS NewsHour (May 29, 2023) – An influx of migrants has overwhelmed local governments on the U.S.-Mexico border. In El Paso, Texas, nearly 38,000 migrants have been allowed entry so far in 2023, though weekly entries are down slightly since the expiration of Title 42 earlier this month. Cronkite News reporter Ariana Araiza introduces us to some of the volunteers stepping in to address health needs as migrants enter the U.S. Watch.
Yuma Sun News (May 9, 2023) – El proceso que conlleva dejar su país de origen en busca de una vida mejor en los Estados Unidos causa muchos problemas de salud entre los migrantes. Estos pueden ser tanto físicos como mentales. De acuerdo a médicos en El Paso algunos de los padecimientos incluyen enfermedades infecciosas y virus respiratorios. En el lado de la salud mental, los migrantes llegan a experimentar ansiedad, depresión o traumas debido a todos los acontecimientos que llegan a ver y experimentar durante su viaje. “Estos son individuos que en algunos casos han viajado cientos o miles de millas con tremendas dificultades y riesgos”, dijo el Doctor Glenn Fennelly, catedrático de pediatría en Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). “Muchos de ellos tienen necesidades urgentes de atención médica física y mental. En algunos casos la necesidad de tratar el trauma de caerse del muro fronterizo”. Keep reading.
CBS4/KFOX14 (May 5, 2023) – A three way collaboration between Doctors of the World USA, the Texas Tech University Heath Sciences Center of El Paso and the Annunciation House work together to provide access to clinical healthcare treatment to migrants. At a press conference on Thursday, city officials said there are about 2,500 migrants on the streets in El Paso. The chair of pediatrics at TTUHSC and President of the Board of Doctors at the World USA, Dr. Glenn Fennelly, told KFOX14 the health care services are limited at this time. “Currently our clinics are in certain annunciation house shelters. We are doing this once a week on Thursday evenings and we have the capacity for maybe 10 visits each week,” Dr. Fennelly said. Watch.
ABC 7 (April 17, 2023) – Local medical students are now treating migrants. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso started a collaboration to help migrants within Annunciation House facilities. The launch of the border health program will provide emergency health care, similar to what urgent care clinics offer, helping medical students to hone their skills as well as helping to heal migrants in need. “Obviously, they have faced things that I can only imagine,” said Fabiola Ramirez, a second-year medical student. “You can see that they are still a little bit tense after this journey,” said Soroush Omidvarnia, a second-year medical student. Watch.
TTUHSCEP Magazine (April 2023) – In a no-frills clinic, TTUHSC El Paso faculty teach students while caring for migrants’ medical emergencie. Just days after Christmas, while other children played soccer between rows of cots lined up in a mess hall, one little boy sat in the shelter’s basement playing with a stuffed monkey in a graduation hat. The tongues of his shoes, set free by the missing shoelaces, flapped as his feet dangled from the chair. Seated in front of an ancient, broken 15-cent-a-Pepsi vending machine, he glanced up at handwritten signs taped to the wall. Next to a list of airline and bus companies’ phone numbers was one sign seemingly intended for him. Keep reading.
El Paso Matters (March 6, 2023) – At Clínica Hope, Luz swept a hand through the brown curls of her 1-year-old son José, who sat on her lap wearing a baby blue onesie and clutching a cracker. While José was entertained by a game of peek-a-boo, Luz explained her concern to the medical staff. Her little boy had been up all night with an upset stomach and had diarrhea. She left the doctors’ office with a bottle of a guava-flavored electrolyte drink for rehydration and the advice to return if he didn’t get better. Keep reading.
KRLD/TSN (March 1, 2023) – The immigration debate along our southern border sometimes overlooks the healthcare part of the equation. Dr. Glenn Fennelly, MD/Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso joins KRLD’s Mitch Carr. Listen.
Speech News (February 27, 2023) – The big influx of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border within the El Paso area has also resulted in a spike of medical emergencies. To offer essential health care, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso have collaborated with Doctors of the World USA to launch the Border Health Program. The partnership has led to the creation of a clinic serving migrant patients locally. Through the border clinic, TTP El Paso specialists provide basic transitional and emergency health care, much like what urgent care clinics offer. Because the medical practice of the Foster School of Medicine, every TTP El Paso specialist holds a school appointment, where they teach and mentor the subsequent generation of physicians, a lot of whom will go on to practice on the U.S.-Mexico border. Keep reading.
News Wise (February 24, 2023) – The large influx of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the El Paso area has also resulted in a spike of medical emergencies. To provide necessary health care, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso have collaborated with Doctors of the World USA and Annunciation House to launch the Border Health Program. The program serves the migrant population through a three-way collaboration that places TTUHSC El Paso faculty and students in a Doctors of the World USA clinical program within Annunciation House facilities. Through the border clinic, TTP El Paso specialists provide basic transitional and emergency health care, similar to what urgent care clinics offer. Keep reading.
KFOX14/CBS4 (February 22, 2023) – The large influx of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the El Paso area has also resulted in a spike of medical emergencies. To provide necessary health care, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso have collaborated with Doctors of the World USA to launch the Border Health Program. The partnership has led to the creation of a clinic serving migrant patients locally. Through the border clinic, TTP El Paso specialists provide basic transitional and emergency health care, similar to what urgent care clinics offer. Keep reading.
Telemundo 48 El Paso (February 22, 2022) – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso y Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso han colaborado con Doctors of the World USA para lanzar el Programa de Salud Fronteriza. La gran afluencia de migrantes y solicitantes de asilo que cruzan la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México en el área de El Paso también ha resultado en un aumento de emergencias médicas. Keep reading.
Press Release (October 2022) – In an effort to provide more than just basic emergency care to migrants and asylum seekers at the border, the Border Health Program (BHP) launched this month. BHP is a new program led by Doctors of the World USA (DotW) in partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), and local organizations operating border shelters. BHP offers migrants at the border transitional medical care, uses data to advocate for public policies that will better address their health needs and reduce burdens on local health systems, and provides medical students with learning opportunities that will serve as the foundation for research and curriculum development focused on migrant health. Keep reading.