Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together Foundation (MATT) is pleased to announce that a collaborative project made in conjunction with UT Health San Antonio and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) has been accepted and published in the Global Registry of the United Nations on Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and is the first collaboration accepted from San Antonio, Texas. Salud Nuevas Fronteras (SNF) is an educational initiative which complies with the guidelines of SDG 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.
“When speaking on health and education, these are the necessary pillars for closing the social and economic development gaps between Mexico and the United States. It is a great honor to have the recognition of the United Nations and contribute to the 2030 Agenda, the master plan for sustainable development,” said Aracely Garcia-Granado, MATT’s Executive Director.
SNF is an initiative designed to train nursing professionals to address the unique needs of Mexico and South Texas. The initiative was created in 2012 due to the much needed to of improving health care systems through changes in availability, accessibility, and quality of health services linked to the nursing profession.
An academic curriculum was created as a result of SNF to improve Mexican nurses’ training, critical thinking skills, and their ability to treat the health trends confronting the region. This initiative opens the doors for a new generation of nursing professionals to enter the workforce with a greater ability to care for the current, and growing, needs of a large portion of the population.
“Positioning the SNF Project with international visibility is a unique opportunity for conveying the significant results of interinstitutional efforts. As a state university and as health professionals, we are committed to excellence in education, quality health care and safety, to benefit the society we serve,” said Dr. Esther Gallegos, professor emeritus of UANL and representative in Nuevo Leon of the Red Mexicana de Enfermería.
Resonating the accomplishment, Dr. Eileen T. Breslin, Dean of the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, says that the fact that this project is registered in the United Nation’s digital platform validates that this collaborative project, created to improve nursing education and health care, complies with the international standards of collaboration set forth by the UN. “Participating in the SNF initiative has been an enriching experience for our nursing school in UT Health San Antonio,” Dr. Breslin adds. “We have learned that health problems experienced by patients in South Texas are similar to those in Mexico. Looking at our curriculum from a different perspective helps us improve what we are teaching our students and helps our nursing colleagues in Mexico to develop a new curriculum for UANL.”
Along with MATT, the Nursing School of UANL and the Nursing School at UT Health San Antonio, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan also collaborated in the initiative. This effort is consistent with the goals of the United Nations Global Registry on Partnerships for SDGs, which documents the voluntary commitments and multi-stakeholder partnerships supporting sustainable development.
Partnerships between governments, the private sector, and public organizations are clearly a point of emphasis in the 2030 Agenda. Not only are they the emphasis of SDG 17, they are also key to accomplishing all the other SDGs. Each partnership must present a shared vision and objectives that will position people and the planet front and center, on a global, regional, national and local level. All these considerations grant a larger scope to the work that was accomplished together on this occasion.
“The complexity of our current world seriously compromises comprehensive health care for a large portion of people, families, and communities. Enfermería de México searches for alliances among international peers with common goals to present proposals such as the SNF program, which contributes to the reduction in the health and welfare problems of the population. I am happy to be part of this interinstitutional effort and I feel proud that it is acknowledged in such highly recognized forums as the UN,” stated María Diana Ruvalcaba Rodríguez, Director of the Nursing School at UANL.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, has the objective of ensuring sustainable social and economic progress worldwide and encouraging goals such as gender equality, strengthening peaceful institutions, increasing access to affordable clean energy, and improving the quality of education globally. . This plan has been accepted by all participating countries of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations Organization and other interested parties through a partnership alliance.