2016 ISCHE Retreat

Last January, we held our second meeting.  With invaluable help from colleagues at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, in particular Martha Tellez-Rojo, we met at a lovely hacienda in Cuernava for three days of discussion and brain-storming. We have such an enthusiastic, accomplished, and involved group the conversations went on non-stop. 

Two of the most moving presentations were from our Mexican colleagues. The first was on the welcoming evening, “Leading the Charge against Obesity,” by Juan Rivera. He gave a wonderful talk about the history of diet in Mexico (including world leading consumption of soda), the analysis of factors that contribute to obesity in Mexico, and the coalition formed between public health authorities, NGOs, and others that resulted in a soda and junk food tax. He included data on the effectiveness of this action. The other was, “Then Child Project: Using Health as a Path for Peace in Vulnerable Communities,” by Fernando Díaz Barriga. He is an inspirational leader in environmental health who has developed a model for educating community members to become environmental public health workers that has been adopted in a number of locations in Mexico and elsewhere. These were just wonderful talks and great that they were representing the host nation. We had about 10 Mexican participants, including several junior investigators. They reported that they loved the meeting and were very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to its success. Of course the venue was fantastic, the food outstanding, and the camaraderie infectious. Lots of people said that this is exactly the kind of meeting that they are looking for and have almost given up on going to the large meetings like ISEE. 

View the ISCHE Retreat program here.