DIVISION OF GENETICS

Resources

"Understanding Mexican American Cultural Beliefs and Traditional Healing Practices: A Guide for Genetic Service Providers on the U.S.-Mexico Border" (Urdaneta ML, Livingston J, Aguilar M, Enciso V, Kaye CI)

NOTE: This is a very large download - 11mb

This guide was developed as an aid to help genetic service providers better understand their Mexican and Mexican American client populations and reduce barriers to the provision of genetic services. Information is presented on the history of the populations, cultural beliefs and values and their relationship to health behaviors, curanderismo (traditional healing practices), and perceptions of birth defects, genetic conditions, and genetic services. In addition, tools are provided for enhancing cultural competency. This work was supported by a SPRANS grant (#4H46 MC00109-03 S2R3) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Low Protein Meal Makeovers

The Low Protein Meal Makeover educational material was developed as part of the research study, Reducing Cultural and Linguistic Barriers to the Provision of Genetic and Maternal and Child Health in South Texas. This project was conducted to obtain a better understanding of why Mexican American (MA) patients seen in the Spina Bifida (SB), Metabolic Disorders (MET), and Endocrinology and Diabetes (DM) outpatient clinics at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital had high levels of non-compliance. It was hypothesized that if factors could be identified that limited MA patients understanding of treatment modalities, then educational materials could be developed that would meet these special needs and compliance would improve.

This project is funded through a Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) grant #97-11 from Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health and Human Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. This grant was awarded to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The Development of the Texas State Genetics Plan and a Plan for Integrated Data Infrastructure for Genetic Services

The Development of the Texas State Genetics Plan and a Plan for Integrated Data Infrastructure for Genetic Services was made possible through a grant from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services. This project was titled, The Development of the Texas State Genetics Plan and a Plan for Integrated Data Infrastructure for Genetic Services, (grant number: 6 H46 MC 00181).