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Garcia Presents on “Transnational Mexican Farmworkers and Substance Abuse Treatments”

Dr. Victor Garcia, of the Department of Anthropology, coauthored “Overcoming Obstacles One Day at a Time: Transnational Mexican Farmworkers and Substance Abuse Treatments,” presented at a presidential plenary session organized by the Society of Medical Anthropology.

The session, “Health in the Context of Mexican Migration, Transnationalism, and Culture Change,” was part of the seventieth annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, taking place in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

In addition, Garcia organized and chaired a panel titled “Teaching Ethnographic Methods: Student Health Projects of Understudied Populations in Western Pennsylvania.”

Current and past IUP Anthropology students delivered research papers in the session. They included Kerrianne Mahoney, a senior in the Department of Anthropology, who presented “A Sober Look at Birth;” Amy Salsgiver, an M.A. candidate in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning and an Anthropology alumna, who presented “Surviving Rural Pennsylvania: The Use of Social Networks in Family Sustainability;” and Carina Heckert, doctoral student in medical anthropology at Southern Methodist University and an Anthropology and Sociology alumna, who presented “Latina Immigrants in Rural Western Pennsylvania and the Use of Mental Health Resources: Implications for Practice.”

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