Differences in Physiological Status between the Adult Mexican Population Living in the U.S. and Mexico


Principal Investigator:
Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dates of Research:
July 1, 2011 — August 31, 2013


In order to advance our understanding of the health status of the Hispanic population of Mexican origin in the U.S., it is necessary to explore the health status of the sending population. The aim of the project is twofold. First, a secondary data analysis using the ENSANUT 2006 will be conducted. This survey includes clinically relevant health indicators estimated from blood samples which were collected on fasting individuals (fasting is an important condition in order to obtain reliable cholesterol levels). Here, it will be determined whether there exist rural/urban health differentials in the relevant biomarkers by age and sex. The second aim is to compare the results with Mexican migrants from the NHANES surveys in the U.S

Website: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/research-focal-areas/population-mobility-migration-in-a-global-economy/