Health care professionals meet in the AMPATH México program in Puebla

Global Collaboration Aims to Improve Health in Mexico, Texas and Beyond

  • Feb 2, 2022
  • Global Engagement and Strategy

Dell Medical School and Texas Global at The University of Texas at Austin are addressing the shared health challenges in Texas and Mexico while promoting health care access and equity through the launch of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program in Mexico. 

The new collaboration, known as Modelo Académico para Proveer Acceso a la Salud (MAPAS) in Spanish, is being developed by Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) Faculty of Medicine and the Ministry of Health in the State of Puebla (Secretaria de Salud Estado de Puebla), with Dell Med and Texas Global leading the involvement of the AMPATH Consortium. BUAP is the public, state university in the state capital, the city of Puebla, the fourth-largest city in Mexico. 

“The AMPATH México partnership establishes an interdisciplinary approach to creating high-quality health care, training and research collaborations that serve UT faculty, students and the local community in Puebla,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D., senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer at UT Austin. “The implementation of AMPATH México is a testament to the measurable success of AMPATH Kenya, and UT Austin is eager to collaborate with BUAP, focus on reducing health care disparities for vulnerable communities and expand research infrastructure in both Texas and Mexico.” 

Representatives from the AMPATH Consortium and BUAP meet onstage

The AMPATH México team will initially focus on planning and building an infrastructure for the program, including hiring faculty and staff members, recruiting partners and developing logistics and a curriculum for exchanging information among UT Austin, the AMPATH Consortium and BUAP for students, residents and faculty members. 

AMPATH México aims to replicate a successful 30-year population and primary health care delivery, training and research collaboration in Kenya between Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and the AMPATH Consortium, a global network of 14 universities and academic health systems that includes Dell Med. In addition to Mexico, the AMPATH model initiated in Kenya is being replicated in Ghana. 

AMPATH México is possible due to Eli Lilly and Company, a longtime partner of AMPATH Kenya. The company contributed $2.8 million over four years to launch AMPATH México. 

Learn more about the AMPATH México partnership in UT News