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Prayers, Pills, and Paisanos: Transnational Responses to Barriers in Health Care in Rural Mexico (MAGH Lecture, 11/7/2018)

Posted: 11/2/2018 (Local Events)

On Wednesday 7 November 2018, the Medical Anthropology and Global Health Seminar Series is pleased to present

“Prayers, Pills, and Paisanos: Transnational Responses to Barriers in Health Care in Rural Mexico.”

Jessica Lozano, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

Jessica Lozano’s lecture will explore the case study of Yahualica de González Gallo, Jalisco, as a microcosm of a larger health phenomenon seen in rural Mexico. In rural areas like Yahualica, there are few State public health resources of quality that are accessible to citizens. What sets Yahualica apart from other rural areas is that it is a transnational village – the majority of its population resides in the United States but is very active in the everyday life of the village. Yahualica has extensive social networks and social capital that have been institutionalized as formal clubs and organizations that have a presence on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. Lozano’s lecture will delve into how the failure of the nation state to guarantee the health of its citizens have led to the mobilization of these same citizens, via social networks and social capital, to strategize, mobilize, and secure funds, medicine, medical infrastructure, and other medical supplies needed to take care of themselves, their families, and their community.

Jessica Lozano is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in AlterNative and Critical Medical Anthropology. She received a B.A. in sociocultural anthropology in 2005 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.A. in the same field from the University of Washington in 2013. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate with a defense date of June 2019. She is descended from Mexican immigrant parents and her indigenous roots are Caxcan/ Tecuexe Chichimeca.

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Date: 11/07/2018

Time: 3:30 - 4:50 PM

Location: PAA A102 (Physics-Astronomy Auditorium, room A102)