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Mexican Children’s Health Issues

By Jon Sievert

Maria Aguilar discusses the health of Mexican children in relation to Seguro Popular, the Mexican national health insurance, at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Service.

UU Service
“Mexican Children’s
Health Issues”
By Maria Aguilar
Sun, Oct 25, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Under Seguro Popular, implemented in 2006, many services have been made available to all Mexicans who previously had no form of health coverage. Has the program had an impact? If so, in which areas? How does Mexico compare with other countries in some of the primary health indicators for children and in addressing preventable diseases of childhood? What have been some of the challenges during the first years of implementation, and what are some of the challenges looming in the near future?

Born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, in 1956, Maria Aguilar is the daughter of migrant workers who migrated annually to California to pick crops. After moving with her family to Los Angeles in the 1960s, she became involved with migrant farm worker programs as a student through the Bay Area Raza Coalition for Health. She received her BA in psychology and completed some of her master’s education at California State University, East Bay.

Beginning in 1988, she coordinated an HIV/AIDS program in an Alameda County drug rehabilitation agency. This role led to a 15-year association with the County Public Health Agency. Maria had oversight of HIV/AIDS services in the municipality as well as implementation of a data and quality management system.

After retiring from Alameda County in 2007, Maria and her husband Juan moved to San Miguel de Allende, where they felt they could still contribute their knowledge on a volunteer basis. To that end, she presented at the International AIDS Conference held in Mexico City in 2008. Maria currently directs Patronato Pro Niños, a nonprofit that provides medical, dental, and psychology services to the children of San Miguel de Allende.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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